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Global Health Diplomacy: Concept, Issues, Actors, Instruments, Fora and Cases

A new book on Global Health Diplomacy, edited by Ilona Kickbusch, Graham Lister, Michaela Told and Nick Drager, has recently been published. The book sets out defining principles for global health diplomacy and examines the current agenda of the field as well as relationships between the different diplomatic areas. Featured topics include: The legal basis […]

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Global health governance in practice: A global agreement on mercury control

This week the United Nationals Environment Programm (UNEP) successfully concluded a series of high-level multilateral negotiations to address the global threat posed to health and the environment by mercury. The text of a legally binding Treaty was finalized this week and is expected to be signed by over over 140 countries. In summary, the treaty […]

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World Health Summit: Research for Health and Sustainable Development

Global Health Europe a organized a discussion meeting on “Research for Health and Sustainable Development” at this year’s World Health Summit. The meeting, held on October 23rd, 2012, emphasized that meeting people’s aspirations for health and health equity required a special kind of symbiosis between policy, research and practice.Taking this vision of a unified effort […]

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The Eurozone Crisis and Global Health

Global Health Europe and the Global Health Working Group of the British International Studies Association organized a discussion meeting on “Beyond the Eurozone Crisis: Europe and the New Realities for Global Health”. The meeting, held on 27 September 2012, was hosted at the European Commission Representation (Europe House, London) and was co-sponsored by the UK’s […]

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Global Health at the 15th European Health Forum Gastein

On October 03-04, Maastricht University and Global Health Europe jointly hosted a forum on global health governance at the 15th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG). The EHFG is the leading health policy event in the EU and it provides a major platform for decision-makers in public health & health care. The forum contributed to the […]

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A policy brief on US global health diplomacy

The United States government recently announced its intention to create an “Office of Global Health Diplomacy” at its State Department. As Josh Michaud and Jen Kates from the Kaiser Family Foundation point out in their policy brief, this elevates, at least structurally, the role of diplomacy in U.S. global health efforts.The compiled information provides useful […]

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Lancet series on Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet recently released a special collection of papers exploring the social, political, and economic issues around the global movement towards universal health care coverage. The series provides much needed input for tackling the challenge of universal health care coverage – a key objective of the European global health community. Click here for an overview […]

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OECD: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

According to OECD Health Data 2012, growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases. While government health spending tended to be maintained at the start of the economic crisis, cuts in spending really began to take effect in 2010. […]

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TED video on MDGs

In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years. Jamie Drummond co-founded […]

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National and Global Platforms for Non Communicable Diseases: The Way Forward

The UN High Level meeting on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and the resulting Political Declaration created as many questions as they answered. Notably in relation to decisions about NCD targets, indicators and monitoring and the form that a global platform to oversee NCD strategy and monitoring will take. This session at the Geneva Health Forum […]