Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation

Global Health 2035 Video

Unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, below are the different options for download:

Prompted by the 20th anniversary of Investing in Health, the World Bank's 1993 World Development Report (WDR 1993), an independent commission of 25 renowned economists and global health experts from around the world came together from December 2012 to July 2013 to revisit the case for health investment. The commission was chaired by Lawrence Summers, the Chief Economist at the World Bank responsible for choosing global health as the focus of WDR 1993, and co-chaired by Dean Jamison, lead author of WDR 1993. The commissioners aimed to reconsider the recommendations of WDR 1993; examine how the context for health investment has changed in the past 20 years, and develop an ambitious forward-looking health policy agenda targeting the world's poor populations.

The Report

The commission's report, Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation, was published in The Lancet on December 3, 2013 and launched on the same day at events in London, Tunis, and Johannesburg. View the video of the London Launch Symposium.

The report makes the case that:

  • The returns on investing in health are even greater than previously estimated
  • Within a generation—by 2035—the world could achieve a "grand convergence," bringing preventable infectious, maternal and child deaths down to universally low levels
  • Taxes and subsidies are a powerful and underused lever for curbing non-communicable diseases and injuries
  • Progressive universalism, a pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) that targets the poor from the outset, is an efficient way to achieve health and financial protection.

The report includes five supplementary web appendices, and a collection of background working papers.

The report is accompanied by editorial commentaries from Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank), Margaret Chan (Director General of the WHO), Helen Clark (Administrator of UNDP), Mark Dybul (Executive Director of the Global Fund), Richard Horton and Selina Lo (editor and senior editor, The Lancet), and Hillevi Engstrom and colleagues (Minister of International Development Cooperation Sweden).

Report Launch Events