Exciting Conclusions from the Final Commission Meeting in Oslo, April 12-13, 2013

For two cold days in April, the Oslo Botanical Gardens were filled with dynamic conversations about the state of global governance, politics and policies, and the determinants of health and well-being.

The Commission gathered in front of Tøyen Hovedgård where the meeting took place

Rector Ole Petter Ottersen, the Secretariat and Resources group were happy to again host this Commission meeting of sixteen internationally distinguished experts. Over the course of the meetings and through numerous debates, report recommendations were crafted in an iterative and engaged fashion that met the high expectations of everyone involved.

Dean Julio Frenk and Professor Sakiko Fukuda Parr

The task of synthesizing these inspiring conclusions and completing the report and is now in its final days, and we are collectively thrilled with the direction and clarity that has emerged in attempting to address some of the fundamental complexities of our time. Ottersen was particularly satisfied with the remarkable consensus across a range of broad and difficult issues despite Commissioners diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

With a wealth of empirical cases to draw from, the Commission discussed such issues as the implications of unregulated activities and trade, recognizing the lack of social protection of vulnerable populations, as well as questioning multiple political factors which contribute to inequality and poor health outcomes.

Engaged discussions. From the left: Sir Michael Marmot, Professor Rita Giacaman and Professor Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong

Watching closely the developments and meetings in relevant global policy arenas, we feel our report and recommendations will contribute something meaningful, novel and necessary. Our sincere hope is that by laying bare and 'diagnosing' some of the vague, opaque, dysfunctional and challenging elements in the current system, positive changes may come about through increased dialogue that reframes the debate and, ultimately, contributes to marked improvements in Global Governance for the Health of all people.

We hope you share our excitement as we wait with anticipation for the Lancet publication in the autumn of 2013, and in the meantime, will continue to update this website with relative information of interest.

The meeting took place at the historical building of Tøyen Hovedgård located in Oslo's botanical garden. From the left: Sidsel Roalkvam, Inger Scheel, Ole Petter Ottersen and Jashodhara Dasgupta.

Published May 14, 2013 12:02 PM - Last modified May 14, 2013 12:03 PM