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About the Commission

The world is experiencing a rapid and cumulative rate of change. Digital and data tools are fundamentally changing approaches to health and the design of health systems, but governance models have not followed the pace of innovation.

For the first time, a joint The Lancet & Financial Times Commission entitled Growing up in a digital world: Governing health futures 2030 is exploring the convergence of digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), and other frontier technologies with universal health coverage (UHC) to support attainment of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). In particular, this Commission will:

  • Strive for integrated digital development that improves the health and well-being of children and young people in an ever more digital world.
  • Examine existing policies for digital health, AI, and UHC to identify those with the greatest potential to improve health and well-being, maximise health equity in resource-poor settings, and ensure human rights.
  • Deliver a clear set of recommendations on the governance of digital health, AI, and UHC, taking into account geopolitical, economic, and social factors.

How the Commission works

In a world in which individual data is becoming one of the most valuable resources on the planet, the Commission will support the dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders on ethical guidelines, governance approaches, institutional responsibilities, and standards that need to be considered in relation to health, human rights, and public goods.

Between October 2019 and December 2021, the Lancet & Financial Times Commission will:

  • Bring together independent Commissioners from a range of sectors, disciplines and backgrounds for four in-person meetings in order to develop the Lancet report. Between meetings, Commissioners will divide into working groups and conduct dialogues around the world.
    Meet our Co-chairs and Commissioners.
  • Cooperate with Partners to support inclusive dialogues with key stakeholders, including private sector and youth organisations. Meet our partners.
  • Support digital conversations with youth in order to take their voices into account.
  • Network across international and UN organisations to establish links with other digital health and AI initiatives, making full use of global, regional and national events to debate and present the Commission’s findings.

Three working groups

As a result of the first Commission Meeting, three working groups were formed. Report drafts for each working group is anticipated by 31 May.


The Commissioners

Commissioners represent a wide range of sectors, expertise and backgrounds, contributing their guidance, intellectual input and ideas on matters related to the Commission. Between 2019-2021, their work and collaboration will contribute to The Lancet report.


The Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Commission is hosted by the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a Geneva-based centre of excellence on global health, focusing on global health diplomacy and governance for health.

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