TITLE

STRENGTHENING GLOBAL HEALTH DIPLOMACY IN CANADA'S FOREIGN POLICY ARCHITECTURE: LITERATURE REVIEW AND KEY INFORMANT INTERVIEWS

AUTHOR(S)
Hoffman, Steven J.
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2010, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Health has increasingly been called a national strategic interest and global political priority. Its absence in one part of the world is often said to affect the peace, security and prosperity of people everywhere. Global health diplomacy aims to respond to this challenge by integrating leadership across the health and foreign policy spheres. Based on a literature review and 12 in- depth interviews with senior government officials, this paper (1) canvasses comparative advantages for Canada to invest in global health diplomacy, (2) assesses the country's existing architecture that supports these activities, and (3) proposes tangible strategies for strengthening them in the future. Canada is found to enjoy numerous comparative advantages in the health field, such as its stellar international reputation, technical expertise, and disproportionate membership in leading multilateral forums. While Canada already demonstrates considerable strength in global health diplomacy, the interviewed officials emphasized the need to strengthen certain elements of its architecture, including leadership, coordination, and the political interface for global health. To do this, Canada can (1) prioritize health in its foreign policy, (2) promote collaboration across government departments, and (3) engage key partners and stakeholders. The development of a government-wide global health strategy could be a relatively quick win and would help achieve considerable progress.
ACCESSION #
61340566

 

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