Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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


From: Dr Rüdiger Krech
Director, Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
World Health Organization
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On behalf of the Conference Secretariat and its Organizing Committee, I would like to thank you for your participation [in person or virtually] at the Conference last week in Rio de Janeiro 

Delegations from 125 WHO Member States and overall approximately 1000 participants attended the Conference, making it one of the largest meetings in WHO's history since the International Conference on Primary Health Care in 1978. 

Thank you for contributing your energy, experience and passion to the cause of reducing health inequities by addressing social determinants of health.  

The Conference was successful in highlighting experiences on how action on social determinants can be implemented, but most of all, in bringing Member States, civil society, UN agencies and academia together to commit to meaningful action to reduce health inequities.

The agreement of so many Member States to these actions by endorsing the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health marks a significant milestone in the sstruggle against health inequities. Undoubtedly, the political barr of Member States committing to increased action to reduce health inequities has been raised.

The Declaration is available at

I encourage you now, wherever you work, to use this Declaration and help transform it into action, as its success depends on all of you.

At WHO, we look forward to continuing to work together to realize our vision of a world where health equity is a reality, rather than merely a utopian dream.

With best regards

Dr Rüdiger Krech
Director, Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
World Health Organization


 *      *     *
This message from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO, is part of an effort to disseminate
information Related to: Equity; Health inequality; Socioeconomic inequality in health; Socioeconomic
health differentials; Gender; Violence; Poverty; Health Economics; Health Legislation; Ethnicity; Ethics;
Information Technology - Virtual libraries; Research & Science issues.  [DD/ KMC Area]
Washington DC USA

“Materials provided in this electronic list are provided "as is". Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings
and interpretations included in the Materials are those of the authors and not necessarily of The Pan American
Health Organization PAHO/WHO or its country members”.
PAHO/WHO Website
Equity List - Archives - Join/remove:

IMPORTANT: This transmission is for use by the intended
recipient and it may contain privileged, proprietary or
confidential information. If you are not the intended
recipient or a person responsible for delivering this
transmission to the intended recipient, you may not
disclose, copy or distribute this transmission or take
any action in reliance on it. If you received this transmission
in error, please dispose of and delete this transmission.

Thank you.

No comments: