IHP news #503 (January 4, 2019)

Best wishes for 2019 (and beyond, hopefully)!

By on January 4, 2019



Dear Colleagues,

We hope you all safely made it to the new year, even if some of you might have released for once the Bacchus hidden deep inside on New Year’s Eve (to forget about Trump/ Bolsonaro/Ortega/Duterte/Orban…, the climate, as well as all KPIs in your life 😊 ). No worries, we won’t tell anybody. But we trust the rest of the year you’ll hunt Big Alcohol down!

Over to the new year then. In case you didn’t know, 2019 was the year in which the original Blade Runner movie was set. Lovely movie, even if, as Steven Pinker wasn’t around yet, 2019 looked fairly dystopian back then. But here we are, in 2019! The global health community is already contemplating new year resolutions, aka ‘paradigm shifts’. As mentioned in one of the SDG 3 Global Action Plan (preliminary) Accelerator Discussion Frames, in the new year (and the years & decades to come), we need, among others, a paradigm shift toward multisectoral governance for health. Spot on, even if in an increasingly multipolar (a nice word for ‘there are now many bullies instead of just one’) world in which multilateralism is in decline and authoritarian populists still seem to, euhm, multiply, that will be a tall order. But as you’ve all internalized neoliberalism by now, “Nothing is Impossible”. For a start, let’s hope the populist pendulum begins to swing to the left in a number of key countries, so that “Green New Deals” can materialize sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, to quote an old wise man from the US, let’s just ‘Calm down and enjoy the ride’ this year, and don’t forget to read the IHP newsletter. We hope you’re once again ready for the (neverending) fight for a fairer and more sustainable world. It’s perhaps never been more important.

We can’t afford cynicism (anymore).  Wonder whether we ever could.

Enjoy your reading.

Kristof Decoster



(you find the pdf of the newsletter here: IHPn503 )

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