chapter  11
Global Health Governance and the Intersection of Health and Foreign Policy
ByWolfgang Hein, Ilona Kickbusch
Pages 24

The discourse on global health governance (GHG) arose around the turn of the Millennium as a response to the new dynamics of the global health system. These dynamics were characterized by growing challenges to the management of health issues associated with trans-national as well as inter-sectoral interdependence, with an increasing pressure to address health problems in developing countries (whether seen as security problems or as a matter of human rights) and with a significant increase and plurality of health actors. These developments were accompanied by important changes of the institutional form of international health policy leading in particular to new hybrid organizations and a new relationship between health, foreign and development policies. The driving force was a new global context and a dominance of neo-liberal policy which had led to a crisis of multi-lateralism in the 1980s and 1990s.