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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 105, Issue 3, pp e224–e228 | Cite as

Development goals in the post-2015 world: Whither Canada?

  • Ronald LabontéEmail author
Commentary

Abstract

A new set of post-2015 development goals for the world is being negotiated. Several potential goals relating to sustainable development, poverty, the economy and health have been identified. Many of them have potential public health gains, although there are inadequacies in how several of them have been defined. In participating in finalization of these goals, Canada should strengthen its commitments to maternal/child health; promote its publicly funded health system as an important model for universal health coverage; incorporate stronger protections for public health in trade and investment treaties; use its foreign aid to help low- and middle-income countries build the transparent and progressive tax systems to mobilize domestic revenues for health; and promote global systems of taxation to prevent tax evasion and illicit capital flight.

Key Words

Public health social determinants of health world health 

Résumé

On négocie actuellement un nouvel ensemble d’objectifs de développement mondial pour l’après 2015. On a défini plusieurs objectifs possibles liés au développement durable, à la pauvreté, à l’économie et à la santé. Un bon nombre de ces objectifs pourraient permettre de réaliser des gains en santé publique, mais la définition de plusieurs d’entre eux comporte des lacunes. En participant au parachèvement de ces objectifs, le Canada devrait renforcer ses engagements envers la santé des mères et des enfants; présenter son système de santé subventionné comme un important modèle de couverture de santé universelle; intégrer des mesures de protection de la santé publique plus robustes dans les traités relatifs au commerce et aux investissements; utiliser son aide à l’étranger pour aider les pays à faible revenu et à revenu intermédiaire à construire des systèmes fiscaux transparents et progressifs afin de mobiliser les revenus intérieurs pour la santé; et promouvoir des systèmes de fiscalité mondiaux pour prévenir la fraude fiscale et la fuite illicite de capitaux.

Mots Clés

santé publique déterminants sociaux de la santé santé mondiale 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineInstitute of Population HealthOttawaCanada

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