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 generating pertinent policy insights. By adopting a gender-focused perspective, UNU-IIGH contributes to the formulation, implementation, and assessment of health programs. This approach ensures that considerations of gender dynamics are seamlessly integrated into health-related initiatives. 

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-oriented 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 gender mainstreaming tools in health programming 
  5. To review the evidence and generate new knowledge in approaches to addressing gender inequalities 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 practice across health in the SDGs 

2019-2023 Strategic Plan  

UNU-IIGH's strategic blueprint for 2019 to 2023 centers around three pivotal pillars, each with a distinct focus. These pillars are geared towards leveraging evidence for effective policy, generating pertinent policy analysis, and fortifying the ability of local decision-makers to tackle critical matters within sustainable development and global public health. 

As the institution currently works on the strategic plan for 2024-2028, UNU-IIGH is poised to unveil comprehensive work packages spanning various critical areas. Stay tuned for more updates on our continued efforts to drive impactful change in the realm of global health and sustainable development.