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Submitted by Charles Clift on

Maybe this is simply solved. Review the proposed HLP goals:

1 End Poverty
2 Empower Girls and Women and Achieve Gender Equality
3 Provide Quality Education and Lifelong Learning
4 Ensure Healthy Lives
5 Ensure Food Security and Good Nutrition
6 Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
7 Secure Sustainable Energy
8 Create Jobs, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Growth
9 Manage Natural Resource Assets Sustainably
10 Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions
11 Ensure Stable and Peaceful Societies
12 Create a Global Enabling Environment and Catalyse Long-Term Finance.

It is apparent that "ensuring healthy lives" is a product of all the proposed goals - covering the so-called social, economic and environmental determinants of health. Viewed in that light Goal No 4 is misspecified. It should really mean what can be done in the "health sector" to "ensure healthy lives". The HLP as much as admitted this: "Though we focus on health outcomes in this goal, to achieve these outcomes requires universal access to basic healthcare."

Thus if the HLP framework is to be pursued further then Goal No 4 could be on the lines of Goal 6 "Achieve Universal Access to Health Services" or even "Achieve Universal Health Coverage". The proposed targets obviously require further debate.