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Organized by
Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute 

September 4-6
Geneva, Switzerland
(Application Deadline – August)


Many different forms of migration exist and human mobility shapes global health, impacting on domestic and foreign poli­cies of sending, transition and receiving countries. The health of migrants is influenced by these different policies and legal frameworks but also by the practices surrounding migration. Yet, the act of migration alone does not cause any disease. Rather, the socioeconomic, political, cultural and environmen­tal conditions connected to the act of migration can impact on health and the vulnerability to disease. National health systems are often put under pressure to respond to large-scale movements and diplomacy comes into play to find cross-border, collective solutions. Health can serve as an entry point for these diplomatic actions and new governance mechanisms need to be negotiated to respond appropriately to migration crises.

Yet, the migration crisis interfaces with other crises, such as the ecological, financial, humanitarian, and health security crisis. This complexity requires a new awareness but also a fast response that recognises the synergies between them and addresses the distribution of power, money and resources. Decisive political action is needed to save lives, protect people and preserve dignity.


Executive Course on Global Health Diplomacy

Organised by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute

Apply before October 14, 2016


November 9-11, 2016
The Graduate Institute
Geneva, Switzerland

Multi-stakeholder diplomacy is evolving rapidly, not only as a key cross-cutting strategic component in international relations, but also by the magnitude of actors involved in global health. A range of stakeholders from governments, civil society organisations and the private sector play influential roles at varying stages and levels of global health diplomacy. This complexity requires a better analysis and assessment of the interests and needs of each stakeholder, and new leadership skills to act effectively in such diverse environments.

This course will seek to explain how the many stakeholders interact and manage their roles and responsibilities at various stages of the negotiation processes, and how they balance requirements, expectations and accountability.

This year’s course will in particular:

explore the challenges and complexity of multi-stakeholder diplomacy for global health as well as its coordination in the 21st century, shifting from central-hub coordination to dis­tribute coordination;
reflect on the purpose of regulations and ‘enhanced self-regu­lation’, including negotiations around conflicts of interest;
discuss multi-stakeholder diplomacy for health in the context of the SDGs, including an exploration of a ‘Global Health Accountability Framework’;
discuss the recently adopted ‘Framework Engagement with non-State Actors’ (FENSA) and its implications, as well as develop negotiation skills through a simulation exercise;
review the challenges of inter-sectoral integration and multi-stakeholder governance through input from leading global health practitioners.

The course is aimed at professionals from different backgrounds, such as health attachés and other diplomats with a portfolio impacting on health, health and international relations professionals in departments of international health, as well as representatives of international organisations, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and the private sector.

Course Co-Directors

Dr. Stefan Germann, Director for Partnerships, Innovation & Accountability, World Vision International
Dr. Michaela Told, Executive Director, the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Speakers from international organisations and representatives from different sectors will also contribute their expertise throughout the course.

Download the course flyer. Find out more about this course’s content, participation fee and application process.

Or contact globalhealthdiplomacy@graduateinstitute.ch for further inquiries.