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Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 244–255 | Cite as

Global health diplomacy for obesity prevention: Lessons from tobacco control

  • Chantal BlouinEmail author
  • Laurette Dubé
Original Article

Abstract

To date the global health diplomacy agenda has focused primarily on infectious diseases. Policymakers have not dedicated the same level of attention to chronic diseases, despite their rising contribution to the global burden of disease. Negotiation of the Framework convention on tobacco control provides an apt example from global health diplomacy to tackle diet-related chronic diseases. What lessons can be learned from this experience for preventing obesity? This article looks at why a global policy response is necessary, at the actors and interests involved in the negotiations, and at the forum for diplomacy.

Keywords

global health diplomacy chronic disease prevention tobacco control obesity 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Non-communicable Disease Policy at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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