The Brighter Side of Things

BY FRANCESCA TIRAVANTI, The Straits Times (Opinion)

The article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that: “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” But what happens when this basic human right is violated? Who is responsible for the consequences that brings? The answer is simple but some might not like it. The truth is the only responsables for the violation of human rights, are humans themselves.

How is that possible? Well, the thing is not many people understand or even care that health is a basic and fundamental human right. We blame health crises or sometimes poverty or even wars, but don’t we are also responsible for that? There is an inability for us to fully realize that as an international community we have the responsibility and obligation to  develop long-term solutions and approaches, a good framework of global health.

However, there is always a bright side to the doomed one; and that is what we have seen in the Special Summit on Sustainable Development committee. Nations have gathered together to create differents working papers with different resolutions to target the many problems that have appeared during the 2 committee session of the conference.

The block of Italy and Iran seems to be the strongest one, proposing a new way to implement what the directors had asked them, previously to starting the conference. In this papers questions like “How can we better improve multilateral partnerships in the goal of preventing catastrophes like the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, and in the attainment of the SDGs?” or “What are some ways we can economically and sustainably maintain the attainment of SDG 3, when the costs of health care are balanced with the economic losses that are inherent with health crises?” are thoughtfully explained, and they seem to be the perfect start for later on propose more and even better solutions.

Still, we are wondering how will the delegates work with NGO’s such as Médecins Sans Frontières or the World Health Organization, for that their solutions are implemented and improves, in order to not only fulfill the committee’s expectations but also help the countries in need.


The Special Summit on Sustainable Development Committee, discussing new solutions to help countries.



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