Global Health Diplomacy

Concepts, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases

  • Ilona Kickbusch
  • Graham Lister
  • Michaela Told
  • Nick Drager

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Editorial Team
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ilona Kickbusch, Margarita Ivanova
    Pages 11-26
  4. Graham Lister, Michaela Told
    Pages 27-36
  5. Allyn L. Taylor
    Pages 37-54
  6. Graham Lister, Kelley Lee
    Pages 73-87
  7. David Gleicher, Inge Kaul
    Pages 107-124
  8. David L. Heymann, Sudeep Chand
    Pages 125-139
  9. John J. Kirton, Jenilee M. Guebert
    Pages 141-154
  10. Chantal Blouin, Mark Pearcey, Valerie Percival
    Pages 199-211
  11. Luvuyo Ndimeni
    Pages 213-222
  12. Thea Emmerling, Julia Heydemann
    Pages 223-241
  13. Nick Banatvala, Sara Gibbs, Sudeep Chand
    Pages 269-284
  14. Priyanka Kanth, David Gleicher, Yan Guo
    Pages 285-303
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 337-370

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Ilona Kickbusch
    • 1
  • Graham Lister
    • 2
  • Michaela Told
    • 3
  • Nick Drager
    • 4
  1. 1.BrienzSwitzerland
  2. 2.BucksUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Graduate Institute of International andGlobal Health ProgrammeGenevaSwitzerland
  4. 4.GenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5400-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5401-4
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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