Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy
Nairobi, Kenya September 7 - 11, 2009


 Director, Global Health Programme: Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch


Dr. Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Graduate Institute and Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Prof. Joseph Wang’ombe, University of Nairobi, Department of Community Health

Dr. Isabella Ayagah, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva in cooperation with the University of Nairobi and Ministry of Health, Kenya has developed a course on Global Health Diplomacy for Kenya aimed at strengthening capacity and collaboration in global health. 

  • Global Health Diplomacy

Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century – and global health is one of the areas in which this is most manifested. 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. 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. This 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. 

  • Target audience

          - Health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, departments of trade and development with responsibility for health matters, and ministries of foreign affairs;
        - Staff in international and regional organizations, NGOs, and other actors.

  • Course Highlights

The course makes use of the experiences participants bring from their work in the national and global arena. It includes lectures by internationally and regionally renowned experts and diplomats, workshops, case studies, role play and practical exercises. The course will not only provide an introduction to the topic of global health diplomacy and governance, but deliberations will also immerse on regionally relevant negotiations, such as on The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control or the International Health Regulations. The course will also discuss approaches to policy coherence at the national level, such as “national global health strategies” and at the level of regional organisations.