World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion
Place: London, United Kingdom
Date: 21–24 September 2010
Every two years, WHO co-sponsors the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. Considered the major scientific platform for furthering knowledge on violence and injuries, the World Conference draws around 1,200 of the world’s leading researchers, practitioners and advocates from more than 130 countries.
The event is hosted and organized by Liverpool John Moores University, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention. The overall theme is "Safe and Equitable Communities". Topics include among others prevention of violence; prevention of unintentional injuries; occupational safety; and trauma care and disaster management.
While primarily a scientific gathering, the World Conference increasingly draws policy-makers. Two important pre-meetings to the 10th World Conference will convene policy-makers from the health sector:
- the European Public Health Ministerial Conference on Injury and Violence Prevention; and
- the Third Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention.
These two events contribute to bridging the science of what works to prevent violence and injuries with the policies that lead to action in countries.