07 March 2016

UN Appoints New Commission on Health and Economic Growth

2 MARCH 2016
SG/A/1639

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of a Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
The global economy is projected to create around 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high-income countries.  Despite this growth, there is a projected shortage of 18 million health workers in low- and lower-middle-income countries.  The Commission is tasked with proposing actions to redress these inequities, and stimulate and guide the creation of health and social sector jobs for inclusive economic growth.
"Having a sufficient number of health workers responsive to population needs and well-distributed across the world will be critical to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and to addressing the growing challenges to global public health security," said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  "I expect this Commission to make an important contribution towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, the creation of decent jobs, and to inclusive and transformative economic growth.”

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