Pillar 1: Evidence to Policy

Pillar 1 of the UNU-IIGH Strategic Plan is focused on the translation of evidence into policy

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The United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) was established in 2005 to advance evidence-based policy on key issues related to sustainable development and global health through an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach to problem-solving. 

Global health institutions, including UN agencies, universities and research institutions generate large bodies of data and evidence through research field-based interventions and professional practice. The volume of information is overwhelming, often leaving a gap in their translation, dissemination and implementation. 

UNU-IIGH serves as a designated “think tank” on global health for the UN system, and a “policy hub” to support UN agencies and other global health institutions to produce and disseminate appropriate and synthesised evidence, guidance and recommendations for country-level decision-makers. 

Convener within the United Nations system 

A key role of UNU-IIGH is to convene different actors to generate new insights and actionable solutions beyond what any single actor could do alone. Leveraging the UN and UNU network, UNU-IIGH provides an important platform for debate on cross-cutting global health priorities, and for the development of strategies and plans to operationalise evidence for policy and implementation.  

Independent forum for global health discussions 

UNU-IIGH provides an independent intellectual platform for bringing together a range of actors – academics, UN agencies, Member States, civil society, and the private sector. As the academic unit of the UN, UNU-IIGH can propose and advocate for novel and even disruptive solutions, challenging global health actors to think in new ways. 

Our events encourage and provide a space for frank discussions, debate, critical thinking and exchange among diverse groups of policy makers, experts and thought leaders. 

Global network of experts

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, UNU-IIGH provides convening services for partners, including the identification of relevant participants, stakeholder engagement and full logistics support, as well as the development of preparatory research and briefing materials, and consolidation of outcome materials. 

We draw on a cadre of PhD students, fellows, visiting scholars and experts to support the compilation and review of evidence to inform policy dialogues, and translate and contextualise guidance and recommendations. 

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