8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP)
10-14 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland

8GCHP: Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Date: 10-14 June 2013
Venue: Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland

World Health Organization (WHO)
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

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The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) was held in Helsinki, Finland, from 10 to 14 June 2013. The Conference has convened every few years since it was first organized in Ottawa, Canada in 1986, and it is the key event to advance the health promotion field, and presents an important opportunity for the WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) to share its work in urban health and intersectoral action for health.

The Conference was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland (MSAH). Around 800 participants attended the Conference including heads of state and cabinet ranking officials. The theme of the Conference was “Health in All Policies” (HiAP), with a focus on its practical implementation.

The WHO Kobe Centre was a core part of organizing the Conference. WKC officials presented on innovative financing for health promotion, and organized three sessions to discuss impact assessment to promote intersectoral action for health, local government and HiAP, and health promotion and urban planning.

Source: http://www.healthpromotion2013.org/about/the-city-of-helsinki

Conference aimed

  • To facilitate exchange of experiences and lessons learnt and give guidance on effective mechanisms for promoting intersectoral action
  • To review approaches to address barriers and build capacity for implementing Health in All Policies (HiAP)
  • To identify opportunities to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health through HiAP
  • To establish and review economic, developmental and social case for investing in HiAP
  • To address the contribution of health promotion in the renewal and reform of primary health care
  • To review progress, impact and achievements of health promotion since the Ottawa Conference

Who attended

Participation was by invitation only. Neary 900 participants attended the conference, representing different levels of Member State governments, UN and international organizations, civil society and international financial institutions and foundations representing health and other relevant sectors.