In this issue of the Journal of Public Health, Rory Truell et al. describe recent actions taken by the global health, primary care, and social work professions to fulfill the vision of the founders : to work together toward an equitable, healthy, sustainable, and socially-just world.
(... ) The pandemic has also ushered in a new sense and urgency to reshape what had been nationally focused, top-down, and siloed policy making into collaborative and engaging processes within and across borders. Structuring new ways of making policy can address viruses that emerge from poverty and climate change, and tackle inequality though national and global cooperation. This approach can result in systems that engage and work with all peoples for shared and futures of equal opportunity for health and wellbeing. The Coalition of Global Health, Primary Care and Social Work Professionals
is one of several catalysts in this change process. Others include the United Nations Institute of Research in Social Development
that, in 2021, launched international discussion about the need for New Eco-Social Contracts
to build trust between governments and citizens, and to enable more sustainable ways of living. (... )
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Rory Truell is secretary-general of the International Federation of Social Worker