10th Global Conference on Health Promotion: Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development

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On 13-15 December 2021 WHO will hold the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Finland, sister UN agencies and partners on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development


About the event:

The conference will be organized to address how health promotion can advance well-being. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Health promotion is about creating the conditions and healthy environments for people where they live, work, age and play. Well-being is a positive state experienced by individuals and societies and a resource for daily life, determined by social, economic and environmental conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly revealed the dangers for the world if health is not considered in all policies. Moving forward, there is a need for resilient societies that are better able to address health risks stemming from decisions in non-health sectors.

At the same time, it is clear that the primacy of economic growth is not the best possible marker to foster overall development. Thus, the concept of well-being is increasingly used in Member States to reflect the indivisibility of sustainable development goals. As defined in the WHO Constitution, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, WHO has never addressed the issue as a theme of a major conference.

Participants will discuss the contribution that health promotion can make to people’s and societies’ well-being. They will address such contributions with regard to key components of well-being. Discussions will be organized around broad areas of people, planet and prosperity. The conference will offer an opportunity to present successful country examples that health promotion action has achieved regarding the shift to good governance for health and well-being; and how this contributed to overhaul public health challenges and paved the way to building forward using health promotion approaches.

At the end of the conference, participants will issue a political statement with key requirements for governments to adopt and adapt an expanded health promotion approach to advance well-being.


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