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Global Health Diplomacy Executive Education Training Course Held in Beijing, China,10-14August, 2009
2009-08-25

 

With the support of the Ministry of Health of China and of Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the global health diplomacy executive education training course, which co-hosted by Institute for Global Health Center of Peking University and Graduate Institute, Geneva, was held in Beijing, August 10-14, 2009. The training course was conducted to promote the efficiency of China’s involving in conferences and actions of global health by providing Chinese health diplomacy personnel and relevant researchers with cutting-edge knowledge and brand-new concepts of global health diplomacy, and by increasing their working capability, research skills concerning with health related foreign affairs, as well as the international cooperation projects management ability. Huang Jiefu, the Vice Minister of MOH of China was present and made opening address at the open ceremony of the training course, and Thomas Zeltner, the Secretary of State and Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland was invited as a distinguished guest speaker for the ceremony.

In his address, Vice Minister Huang Jiefu stated that upon the entry of the new century, with the ongoing process of economic globalization, the relations between different countries and regions have become closer and non-traditional safety issues have been threatening the survival and development of human beings severely. With the emergence of new infectious diseases like AIDS, Ebola virus, SARS, highly pathogenic avian influenza, H1N1 Type A influenza, and with the epidemic recurrence and worsening of diseases like drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, schistosomiasis, hepatitis and other infectious diseases, as well as the increasing severity of non-infectious chronic diseases, health problems have long been beyond the scope of purely medical technology, and have extended to many other fields like national security and economic growth.

The Vice Minister Huang also pointed out that peace, development and cooperation are the irresistible trend of the times, and in order to response to various global public health problems, we need the joint cooperation of health professionals and diplomatic personnel, and promote global health actions to maintain human health by policy advocacy, diplomatic negotiations, and by the coordination of international agencies, national and non-governmental organizations and general public. Health and health related issues have been placed on the diplomatic agenda by more and more countries, thus health and foreign affairs have been closely intersected.

Mr. Huang added that health related foreign affairs require the personnel of both diplomatic and sanitary knowledge. How to consider foreign policies from the perspective of health and how to promote global health through diplomatic channels is currently the question health and foreign affairs officials and scholars need to answer. The training is the first major exploration of the long-term capacity building of China’s global health diplomatic corps. And this training course has its great significance of meeting the global diplomacy need adapting to the new era, and promoting the team building of China’s global health diplomatic corps.

The course was designed by both Global Health Institute of Peking University and Graduate Institute, Geneva , consisting of the concept, main problems and challenges of global health; global health governance and its main actors; the concept of global health diplomacy and global health negotiations; also global health experience in diplomacy among developed and developing countries, and the planning of national global health diplomatic strategies. Teachers in charge of this course were comprised of senior health and diplomatic officials from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and the Netherlands Embassy, as well as experts and scholars from research institutions, non-governmental organizations, private foundations and academics, such as Graduate Institute, Geneva and Fiocruz Foundation of Brazil. More than 30 participants who come from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provincial health departments and research institutes attended the training course.

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