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The world we want: Actions towards a sustainable, fairer and healthier society

The covid-19 pandemic, the growing impact of climate change, and the rapidly growing economic inequalities between and within nations have led to calls for re-thinking the future of human societies in ways that will result in a fairer, healthier, and more sustainable world.

This collection of articles analyses the ‘mega trends’ that will shape the rest of this century and the complex interplay between them, including how they are reshaping our global health landscape.

Resilient and equitable recovery from the covid-19 pandemic
The pandemic has been driven by the interactions of multiple determinants such as ecology, socio-economic status, inequality, and politics leading many commentators to write about how we should consider covid-19 to be a syndemic rather than a pandemic.

A post-covid economy for health: from the great reset to build back differently
A return to a business as usual economy would be a fatal mistake argues Ronald Labonté

Tackling the politics of intersectoral action for the health of people and planet
Kent Buse and colleagues argue that unlocking the potential for intersectoral action on climate and health requires thinking politically about its facilitators and barriers

Covid-19 as a long multiwave event: implications for responses to safeguard younger generations
Mandeep Dhaliwal and colleagues call for urgent correction of the response to covid-19 to safeguard the development of children and young people

A lack of climate finance is harming population health
Paul Watkiss and Kristie Ebi argue that new approaches are needed to scale up financing for health adaptation to climate change.

Stronger efforts are needed to safeguard the nutrition of school aged children
Undernutrition is an increasingly critical and urgent challenge facing school aged children, particularly in resource poor settings, as a result of climate change, say Maria Nilsson and colleagues.

Can the world become a place where the planet and all people flourish after the pandemic?
Covid-19 has impeded achievement of the sustainable development goals and a radical rethink of the global economy is required to meet them argue Fran Baum and colleagues.

Living through the psychological consequences of COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review of effective mitigating interventions
This review assesses interventions and their effectiveness in mitigating psychological consequences from the covid-19 pandemic.

This collection of articles was supported by the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2022. Funding for the articles, including open access fees, was provided by the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) and The Rockefeller Foundation. The BMJ commissioned, peer reviewed, edited, and made the decision to publish these articles. Viroj Tangcharoensathien and an expert panel that included PMAC co-chairs and members advised on commissioning for the collection. Rachael Hinton and Kamran Abbasi were the lead editors for The BMJ.

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