Global Health

The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, operates as the designated UN think tank specializing in global health. With a mandate to facilitate the translation of research evidence into policies and tangible actions, UNU-IIGH serves as a hub connecting UN member states, academia, agencies, and programs.

Established through a statute adopted by the United Nations University Council in December 2005, the institute plays a pivotal role in addressing inequalities in global health. UNU-IIGH contributes to the formulation, implementation, and assessment of health programs.

Moreover, UNU-IIGH places a strong emphasis on enhancing the capacity of local decision-makers and stakeholders. Through targeted efforts, the institute equips them with the skills and knowledge to effectively address the challenges posed by global health issues. This proactive approach aligns with the overarching objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In essence, UNU-IIGH's multifaceted approach encompasses policy analysis, gender and intersectionality perspectives, and capacity-building initiatives. This collective effort underscores the institute's dedication to facilitating meaningful progress in the realm of global health, thereby contributing to the broader UN agenda.

UNU-IIGH Objectives  

  1. To generate recommendations and build consensus on key global health issues through the convening of policy dialogues with member states, UN agencies and other key stakeholders 
  2. To undertake translation and dissemination of global guidance and recommendations in global health priority areas to make them relevant for country-level decision-makers 
  3. To support the implementation of global guidance through expert briefings, advice and training 
  4. To develop analytical tools to inform the development of implementation and evaluation of inequalities in health programming 
  5. To review the evidence and generate new knowledge in approaches to addressing gender and intersectionality in health and health outcomes 
  6. To strengthen capacity for local decision-making through South-South learning and fostering engagement between academics, professional associations, researchers, civil society and policymakers 
  7. To develop knowledge products to inform global policy and best practices across health in the SDGs 

2024-2028 Strategic Plan  

UNU-IIGH's strategic plan for 2024 to 2028 centres around four pivotal work packages, each with a distinct focus.

They are:

1.            Gender Equality and Intersectionality

2.            Power and Accountability

3.            Digital Health Governance

4.            Climate Justice and Determinants of Health