Executive course on Global Health Diplomacy
June 23 - 27 200 -
Graduate Institute of International Studies
Application deadline 1st April 2008
“….Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century – and global health is one of the areas in which this is most manifest. The negotiation processes that shape and manage the global policy environment for health are increasingly not only conducted between public health experts representing health ministries of nation states but include many other major players at the national level and in the global arena. These include new philanthropies and private-public partnerships.
As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements new skills are needed to negotiate global regimes and international agreements and treaties and to maintain relations with a wide range of actors.
The summer course will focus on health diplomacy as it relates to health issues that cross national boundaries and are global in nature, will discuss the challenges it faces and how they have been addressed by different groups and at different levels of governance….”
The programme of the course is highly participatory making use of the experiences participants bring from their work in the national and global arena; it includes lectures by internationally renowned experts and diplomats, workshops, case studies, visits to international organizations and practical exercises as well as “night caps” with officials from international organizations. The deliberations on Intellectual Property Rights, The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the International Health Regulations, the creation of new finance mechanisms such as the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria or UNITAID, as well as the response to SARS and the Avian Flu are cases in point and will provide the real life backdrop to the discussions. The programme will also discuss approaches to policy coherence at the national level, such as “national global health strategies” and at the level of regional organisations.
- Identifying the key challenges and defining the goals of global health diplomacy; understanding the determinants of disease and health (globalization, security, demographic shifts, migration, technological development and communications)
- Understanding the changing interface between health and foreign policy, focusing on historical precedents in global health diplomacy
- Ensuring policy coherence at the national level through national global health strategies and cooperation
- Navigating the unstructured pluralism in global health governance (negotiating skills, strategic thinking and the responsibility to pursue global cooperation)
- Addressing the new global bioethics: genomics, trade policy, human rights, pharmaceutical, technological and human resources inequities
Course Director Ilona Kickbusch, PhD Visiting Professor HEI
Email: globalhealthdiplomacy (at) graduateinstitute.ch
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