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Global Health Diplomacy

Concepts, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases

Kickbusch, I., Lister, G., Told, M., Drager, N. (Eds.)

2013, XXIV, 372 p.

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  • Covers the key policy instruments in global health negotiation
  • Examines key relationships between trade and health diplomacy, and between global health and environmental issues
  • Includes a wide range of case studies from the US, Thailand, Brazil, and the EU on HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, chronic disease, and social determinants of health

The world’s problems are indeed world problems: social and environmental crises, global trade and politics, and major epidemics are making public health a pressing global concern. From this constantly changing scenario, global health diplomacy has evolved, at the intersection of public health, international relations, law, economics, and management—a new discipline with transformative potential.


Global Health Diplomacy situates this concept firmly within the human rights dialogue and provides a solid framework for understanding global health issues and their negotiation. This up-to-the-minute guide sets out defining principles and the current agenda of the field, and examines key relationships such as between trade and health diplomacy, and between global health and environmental issues. The processes of global governance are detailed as the UN, WHO, and other multinational actors work to address health inequalities among the world’s peoples. And to ensure maximum usefulness, the text includes plentiful examples, discussion questions, reading lists, and a glossary. Featured topics include:


  • The legal basis of global health agreements and negotiations.
  • Global public goods as a foundation for global health diplomacy.
  • Global health: a human security perspective.
  • Health issues and foreign policy at the UN.
  • National strategies for global health.
  • South-south cooperation and other new models of development.


A volume of immediate utility with a potent vision for the future, Global Health Diplomacy is an essential text for public health experts and diplomats as well as schools of public health and international affairs.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » NGOs - WHO - diplomacy - disasters - foreign policy - global health governance - health and human rights - international law - international organizations

Related subjects » Political Science - Public Health

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