Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

Trade, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Health

"Issues of international trade impinge on health, often in significant ways. This is an especially challenging area for foreign diplomacy"

Dr Margaret Chan, 13 February 2007


The unit on Trade, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Health (TFD) in the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights (ETH) works to catalyze, facilitate and coordinate actions towards greater policy coherence between the promotion and protection of health and other government policies such as trade and foreign policy. Key external partners include the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD.


  • To support countries in understanding and responding to the implications of international trade and trade agreements for health
  • To support efforts to ensure that health is promoted and protected in the context of foreign policy
  • To build the capacity of countries to negotiate in support of collective action to address global health challenges

Areas of work:

Upcoming events: