1Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
3School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
While the right to health is increasingly referenced in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) discussions, its contribution to global health and development remains subject to considerable debate. This hypothesis explores the potential influence of the right to health on the formulation of health goals in 4 major SDG reports. We analyse these reports through a social constructivist lens which views the use of rights rhetoric as an important indicator of the extent to which a norm is being adopted and/or internalized. Our analysis seeks to assess the influence of this language on goals chosen, and to consider accordingly the potential for rights discourse to promote more equitable global health policy in the future.
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