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World Conference on Social Determinants of Health
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19-21 October 2011
Website: http://bit.ly/edL4TsConference Programme Tentative outline:
The aim of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health is to bring
Member States and other actors together to catalyze high level political
support for national policies to address social determinants of health to
reduce health inequities. Its specific objectives are to:
? strengthen political commitment by Member States to develop and
implement national policies on social determinants of health to reduce health
? share experiences, challenges and technical knowledge on addressing
social determinants of health, taking into account the need for strengthening
governance arrangements and learning from different contexts.
Conference participation and outcome - The 'Rio Declaration'
The Conference will serve as a catalyst for the coordination of efforts by
national governments, international agencies, academic institutions and civil
society organizations in the fight against health inequities. 800 participants
are expected, including delegates from health and other sectors, Civil society
organizations, academics, the private sector and representatives from WHO and
other UN and international agencies. Participation will be by invitation only.
Participating Member States will be requested to approve the Rio Declaration
that will express the global political commitment to implement action on the
social determinants of health.
The main themes that will be tackled during the conference are:
? Governance to tackle the root causes of health inequities:
implementing intersectoral action and Health in All Policies.
? Health systems as a social determinant: the role of the health
sector, including services and public health programmes, in improving health
? Monitoring progress: measurement and analysis of health inequities
and policies to address social determinants.
? Promoting participation: community leadership for action on social
? Action on social determinants to achieve global priorities and the
role of global partners.
Conference preparatory process
While the Conference is by invitation only, the preparations are designed to be
consultative and participatory in nature. Member States, civil society,
academia and other stakeholders are invited to keenly participate in the
various processes and bring their perspectives and experiences to the fore. Two
tracks for engagement are currently available:
? the development of the technical paper which will inform the
discussions during the conference on the five themes by providing an overview
of concepts, strategies and tools. Comments will be sought through the drafting
of this paper, including a period of public consultation on the first draft.
? the identification of appropriate country examples that highlight
lessons learned in implementing the principles of addressing inequities through
the social determinants of health. Selected country examples will be presented
and analyzed and will form the key substantive basis for outlining the way
Both processes above will feed into the conference outcome document the 'Rio
Ruggiero, Mrs. Ana Lucia (WDC)