Lacking Clarity or Strategic Ambiguity? Comment on “Competing Frames in Global Health Governance: An Analysis of Stakeholder Influence on the Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases“

Angela Carriedo, Kathrin Lauber, Margaret M. Miller, Rob Ralston

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Abstract

This commentary engages with Suzuki and colleagues’ analysis about the ambiguity of multi-stakeholder discourses in the United Nations (UN) Political Declaration of the 3rd High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (HLM-NCDs), suggesting that blurring between public and private sector in this declaration reflects broader debates about multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) and publicprivate partnerships (PPPs) in health governance. We argue that the ambiguity between the roles and responsibilities of public and private actors involved may downplay the role (and regulation) of conflicts of interest (COI) between unhealthy commodity industries and public health. We argue that this ambiguity is not simply an artefact of the Political Declaration process, but a feature of multi-stakeholderism, which assumes that commercial actors´ interests can be aligned with the public interest. To safeguard global health governance, we recommend further empirical and conceptual research on COI and how it can be managed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1218
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume11
Issue number7
Early online date1 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Ambiguity
  • Conflicts of Interests
  • Global Health Governance
  • Multi-stakeholder Partnerships
  • Unhealthy Commodity Industries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health Information Management

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