Cet événement appartient à: Geneva Summer Schools 2023 (13.06.2023 – 28.07.2023)
Global Health: Advocacy and Diplomacy in Action

Global Health: Advocacy and Diplomacy in Action

03.07.2023 – 07.07.2023


The fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, added to the worsening climate, food, economic and political crises disrupt our lives in new ways and further exposes and increases societal vulnerabilities. Policymakers must skill up to navigate complex ecosystems characterized by poly-crises, rising inequities and a degrading environment. As a result, new ways of understanding and working in global health policy, advocacy and diplomacy are needed by those who work in health or those who work in fields which will be affected by decisions or impacts from the health sector.

It is a key year for health governance, given all countries are discussing a possible legally binding pandemic treaty, a new set of commitments for Universal Health Coverage and reviewing progress at the half-way point of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,

This course focuses on the practice of global health policy, advocacy, and diplomacy at the global level and its interrelated impact at the regional and national levels. It will:

Give a general introduction to policy and decision-making processes
Examine the political and policy environment that surrounds the current global health ecosystem
Outline decision-making structures in the global health diplomatic space including the World Health Assembly, G20, the UN General Assembly and more
Show how to interpret and navigate health governance processes
Interrogate advocacy work to understand the steps to success and how to draw lessons from failure
Employ case studies to illustrate current issues and their related political and policy dynamics
Build practical experience with role playing diplomatic negotiations
Introduce participants to major organizations with on-site visits and receive up to date learnings from key staff


Day 1 – Conceptual introduction: governance, public policy processes, challenges of decision-making and politics in global health

Day 2 – Advocacy & global health: the art of advocacy for global health linking theory and practice

Day 3 – Diplomacy & global health: ongoing diplomatic processes with simulation exercises and case studies

Day 4 – Complex policy ecosystems: navigating different actors and approaches with visit to the Global Health Campus (eg. Gavi, Global Fund) and examples on specific policy themes (e.g. UHC, migration, pandemic instrument)

Day 5 – Future outlook: exploring new ways of interacting and influencing global health policy


The methodology of the course is participatory and interactive. The methodology will be adapted to the course participants and will involve lectures with privileged access to speakers, analysis, peer learning, case studies, simulation exercises, role play, reflection sessions and other liberating structures methodology. The venue of the course is at UniGe premises but with some sessions held externally. The course is taught in English.


For university students: 3 ECTS can be obtained through this course, requiring a short reflection on the learnings from the simulation exercise (500 words, mid-course) and on the take away messages from the course (500 words, end course). Please check with your university if they will be recognized at your institution.


A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who have followed the full five days. University students who also submitted the assignments will receive a certification of the 3 ECTS credits. Please check with your home institution for credit transfer.


Bâtiment: Uni Mail


Organisé par

Rectorat et administration centrale
Relations internationales
Global Studies Institute (GSI)


Michaela Told, Lecturer, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
Susan Brown, Women in Global Health

entrée payante, 200.00 francs (inscription requise)
entrée payante pour les personnes externes, 800.00 francs (inscription requise)


Catégorie: Formation

Mots clés: Global Health, Global Governance, policy, diplomacy


Date limite d'inscription: 15.04.2023

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