Sovereignty is the right or capacity of countries to determine their own affairs. More specifically, it is the right of the supreme political authority - usually a government - to unqualified and unrivalled authority over its people and land. Sovereignty and the concept of the nation state are closely related. It is argued that globalization is eroding the world of sovereign states, and that many national decisions are now influenced by global forces. This issue is also referred to as global democracy deficit.
Health sovereignty is the exercise of a state's sovereign power to protect and promote health and provide health services. A debate centres on whether World Trade Organization (WTO) trade agreements hurt or help WTO Member States to exercise their health sovereignty.