European Health Forum at Gastein
Gastein, Austria, 4 October 2017
The World Health Organization (WHO), the public health agency of the United Nations, organized the European Health Forum at Gastein(EHFG) to explore strategies to improve health and well-being in accordance with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I delivered one of three keynote lectures at a forum on the social and economic determinants of health, titled “Transformative approaches for equity and resilience – Harnessing the 2030 Agenda for health & well-being”(webpage), defending the idea of basic income as a democratic response to the inefficacy and dysfunctionality of present systems of welfare. The presentation helped to spur discussion and debate about basic income among members of WHO. After the EHFG I was invited to serve as an expert advisor to WHO’s EuropeanHealth Equity Status Reportinitiative (see “Engagement Activities”