Global health diplomacy

the multi-level and multi actor negotiation processes that shape and manage the global policy environment for health (Kickbusch 2007).


Ideally, these will result in both improved health security and population health outcomes for each of the countries involved - thereby serving the national interest - as well as improving relations between states and strengthening the commitment of a wide range of actors to work towards a common endeavour to ensure health as a human right and a public good. A major part of these processes still take place within international organizations such as the World Health Organization. (Kickbusch, Silberschmidt, Buss 2007)

Global health governance is thus characterized by a complex and growing variety of actors, with a variety of converging and conflicting interests, interacting through many different processes. The rapid growth of actors and activities in global health challenges the idea of a defined international forum for health governance, with clear ethics, organizations and processes. What now appears is an open market place - an agora - in which many different types of organization may compete and/or cooperate.

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