Health and well-being for all: an approach to accelerating progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in countries in the WHO European Region

Bettina Menne, Emilia Aragon De Leon, Marleen Bekker, Nino Mirzikashvili, Stephen Morton, Amanda Shriwise, Göran Tomson, Pia Vracko, Christoph Wippel

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Abstract

Background: Forty-three out of 53 of the WHO European Member States have set up political and institutional mechanisms to implement the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This includes governance and institutional mechanisms, engaging stakeholders, identifying targets and indicators, setting governmental and sectoral priorities for action and reporting progress regularly. Still, growing evidence suggests that there is room for advancing implementation of some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets at a higher pace in the WHO European Region. This article proposes the E4A approach to support WHO European Member States in their efforts to achieve the health-related SDG targets.
Methods: The E4A approach was developed through a 2-year, multi-stage process, starting with the endorsement of the SDG Roadmap by all WHO European Member States in 2017. This approach resulted from a mix of qualitative methods: a semi-structured desk review of existing committal documents and tools; in-country policy dialogs, interviews and reports; joint UN missions and discussion among multi-lateral organizations; consultation with an advisory group of academics and health policy experts across countries.
Results: The E—engage—functions as the driver and pace-maker; the 4 As—assess, align, accelerate and account—serve as building blocks composed of policies, processes, activities and interventions operating in continuous and synchronized action. Each of the building blocks is an essential part of the approach that can be applied across geographic and institutional levels.
Conclusion: While the E4A approach is being finalized, this article aims to generate debate and input to further refine and test this approach from a public health and user perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberckaa026
Pages (from-to)i3-i9
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume30
Issue numberSupplement_1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2020

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