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[afro-nets] World Conference on Social Determinants of Health -Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19-21 October 2011

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World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19-21 October 2011

Website: 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.

Conference themes

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)

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