The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

November 19, 2008 13:24 ET

Media Advisory: CIGI Hosts Workshop on Health and Global Governance

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting a workshop in Stellenbosch, South Africa, called "Moving Health Sovereignty: Global Challenge, African Perspective," on November 21-22, 2008.

The focus of the two-day conference will be the relationship between the global movement of people and their pathogens and the consequences this movement has for health sovereignty, especially in Africa. Participants will discuss such issues as how movements of people contribute to local unrest and the effects it has on already stretched social and health systems in Africa.

Central to the issues being discussed are the concept of sovereignty and how it is challenged by the new reality of mobile health concerns. The conference aims to make recommendations for innovations in health sovereignty that are needed for Africa and the global community.

"Moving Health Sovereignty: Global Challenge, African Perspective," is part of CIGI's ongoing work on global health governance which aims to strengthen and build capacity across borders and institutions in order to respond to new types of threats that are proving larger in scope and scale than in the past.

The workshop is part of CIGI's African Initiative, a five-year project launched on July 7, 2008, which explores the impact of climate change in five critical areas of concern across the continent: health, migration, energy, food security and conflict resolution and mediation.

The conference is hosted by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in partnership with the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto (Canada), the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at Warwick University (United Kingdom) and the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), an independent NGO in South Africa.

The conference includes the following panels: (1) Moving Health: From Static to Dynamic Governance, (2) Challenges for Africa in Health Sovereignty: Competing and Changing Conceptions and Perceptions, (3) Movement of People: Health Outcomes and Responses, (4) Managing Infectious Diseases: Integrating Science, Governance and Community Mobilization, (5) National and Regional Policy Innovations, (6) New Directions in Global Health Governance, (7) and The Future of Health Governance: Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change in a Globalizing World.

For more information about the workshop, including a list of panelists and speakers, please visit


Obijiofor Aginam - Director of Studies, Policy & Institutional Frameworks,
United Nations University, Japan

Solomon Benatar - Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director,
UCT Bioethics Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Hany Besada - Senior Researcher and Program Leader, CIGI, Canada

Jorge Braga de Macedo - President, Tropical Research Institute; Professor
(Economics), Nova University, Portugal

Andrew F. Cooper - Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow, CIGI;
Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

Anita Davies - Public Health Specialist, International Organization for
Migration (IOM), Switzerland

Jan Du Toit - Director, Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Pieter Fourie - Chair, Politics Department, University of Johannesburg,
South Africa

John Kirton - Director and Co-Founder, G8 Research Group, Munk Centre
for International Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

Franklyn Lisk - Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of
Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), Warwick University, United Kingdom

Matshidiso Moeti - Assistant Regional Director for Africa, World Health
Organization, Switzerland

Moving Health Sovereignty: Global Challenge, African Perspective

Friday, November 21 - Saturday, November 22

November 21, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
November 22, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

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