Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 257–268 | Cite as

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Health Security Agenda: exploring synergies for a sustainable and resilient world

  • Sulzhan BaliEmail author
  • Jessica Taaffe


Both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) represent bold initiatives to address systematically gaps in previous efforts to assure that societies can be resilient when confronted with potentially overwhelming threats to health. Despite their obvious differences, and differing criticisms of both, they shift away from vertical (problem- or disease-specific) to horizontal (comprehensive) solutions. Despite the comprehensiveness of the SDGs, they lack a specific target for global health security. The GHSA focuses primarily on infectious diseases and neglects non-communicable diseases and socioeconomic drivers of health. Even though each agenda has limitations and unique challenges, they are complementary. We discuss ways to understand and implement the two agendas synergistically to hasten progress toward a more sustainable and resilient world.


health policy health security Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Global Renaissance Enterprises, LLCWashingtonUSA

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