Palliative care and the Sustainable Development Goals – dawn of a new era, or a false dawn?

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The profile of palliative care has increased thanks to commendable global advocacy work – the high point being the landmark resolution passed by the World Health Assembly in May 2014. And yet, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda has been comparatively overlooked.

Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 international development goals and 164 targets that address a diverse range of sustainable development issues, from health to the protection of oceans and forests.

The importance of palliative care in the Sustainable Development Goals agenda was recently outlined in a commentary written by 12 recognised palliative care experts in the February edition of The Lancet Oncology

The paper, acknowledging the relative absence of palliative care from the global health dialogue, urges that the discipline should be incorporated into the SDG agenda.

Read the full article and download the commentary on the EAPC blog.