Ilona Kickbusch


"Positive management, for example the continued valuable contribution to the work force by the older generation, paired with pro-active measures, for example health promotion and disease management, can start to transform what some see as a looming crisis into a social revolution."

Global Health Diplomacy

llona Kickbusch is the founding director and Chair of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Ilona Kickbusch has been at the forefront of exploring the links between health and foreign policy – she spearheaded the development of global health diplomacy and has been teaching health diplomacy all around the world for a decade. To understand more about the relationship of health and foreign policy read the article in the British Medical Journal which analyses the interface between foreign policy and health, it can be found here.

The Global Health Centre launched The Guide to Global Health Diplomacy in 2021. It has since been translated into Chinese, French, Hungarian, Italian and Japanese.

Key global health diplomacy activities in 2021 included exploring options for a global pandemic treaty. An overview can be found here

Some key publications:

The Global Health Centre continues to host courses in Geneva.