Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

Global Health Diplomacy

Global health diplomacy brings together the disciplines of public health, international affairs, management, law and economics and focuses on negotiations that shape and manage the global policy environment for health. The relationship between health, foreign policy and trade is at the cutting edge of global health diplomacy. The goals of this unit are:

  • To support the development of a more systematic and pro-active approach to identify and understand key current and future changes impacting global public health
  • To build capacity among Member States to support the necessary collective action to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate the risks for health


Negotiating Health Development: A Guide for Practioners

This book by Drager, McClintock, and Moffitt is designed to be used at any stage in the health development process by anyone who may wish to influence some aspect of that process.



Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Volume 85, Number 12, December 2007.

Ilona Kickbusch, Thomas E Novotny, Nico Drager, Gaudenz Silberschmidt, Santiago Alcazar.

The following papers are in draft form for restricted distribution only. They reflect work in progress. For information and hard copies, please write to

-John Kirton, Jenilee Guebert. Moving Forward on Global Health Diplomacy: Implementing G8 and APEC Commitments. Geneva, World Health Organization.

- David Fidler. Navigating the Global Health Terrain: Preliminary Considerations on Mapping Global Health Diplomacy. Geneva, World Health Organization.

- Richard Smith, Melisa Martínez Álvarez. Global change and health: mapping the challenges of global non-healthcare influences on health. Geneva, World Health Organization.

- William Onzivu. Health Diplomacy in East Africa. Geneva, World Health Organization.

- Nina Veenstra and Alan Whiteside. Global health governance and the future of health systems in developing countries: will the focus on HIV/AIDS help to (re) construct health systems or is it a deflection of resources? Geneva, World Health Organization.