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Professor Don Nutbeam: The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals – How can setting international goals improve global health? Event

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16:00 - 18:00
29 September 2015
Building 44, Room 1057 (Lecture Theatre B) Highfield Campus University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Frances Clarke on 023 8059 8975 or email .

Event details

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire on 31 December 2015. Positive progress has been achieved in those that are health-related but what comes next?


Maternal and childhood mortality rates are decreasing, HIV/AIDS is better controlled, extreme poverty rates have been halved, and more girls are in school.

A new focus

In tension with these achievements however, observable progress has been uneven within and between countries, particularly in low-income countries in Africa. Development of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now well underway. Unlike the Millenium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals include a specific broad-ranging health goal emphasizing the need to improve life expectancy, with sub-targets related to maternal and child mortality, and identified communicable and non-communicable diseases. As with the MGDs, the SDGs also address the major social determinants of health that are mostly responsible for health inequities between and within countries.

More about the talk

This presentation examines the usefulness of setting health goals and targets in a historical context, and considers how to optimize the impact on global health of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Live video
Watch the recording of Don's talk here

Speaker information

Vice-Chancellor: Professor Don Nutbeam,Professor of Public Health

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