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Ensuring a social and sustainable future for Europe: GHA work around EU elections 2019

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11 December 2018

In 23-26 May 2019, EU citizens will vote for a new European Parliament. This process will help select the next president of the European Commission, the top job in Brussels. Global Health Advocates (GHA) works with civil society partners in the lead to the European Parliament elections to ensure the next legislature implements policy changes that GHA is advocating for: putting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of EU policies, ensuring genuine EU development aid policies, and reaffirming EU’s key role in promoting equitable access to health both within the EU and globally. GHA is engaged in the following civil society activities and initiatives around the 2019 elections:

SDG Watch Europe, an EU-level cross-sectoral alliance of NGOs from development, environment, social, human rights sectors, and a coalition of more than 200 civil society organisations, have launched “Manifesto for a Sustainable Europe for its Citizens” with core demands for the new political leadership of the EU and the candidates in the European Parliament election to put Sustainable Development at the center of their political priorities. You can read the full Manifesto here.

EU Crystal Ball campaign strives to ensure political leaders and advisers put Sustainable Development at the core of the next EU political priorities, by illustrating how political choices will impact the EU and the world in various policy domains. The campaign is led by CONCORD Europe in partnership with GHA, European Environmental Bureau, Transparency International. The campaign page can be found here

European Alliance of Responsible R&D and Access to Medicines has launched its Manifesto “Putting People’s Health First: Improving Access to Medicines in Europe” which reiterates civil society’s calls to ensure public return on EU’s investments in biomedical R&D and adopt public health needs-driven approach for biomedical R&D in the next European Parliament and the new European Commission policies. The Manifesto can be downloaded here


For more information, contact Marine Ejuryan at