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World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 19–21 October 2011

This conference will bring together Member States and stakeholders to build support for the implementation of action on social determinants of health to reduce inequities. The conference is being organized in accordance with a 2009 World Health Assembly Resolution (WHA62.14) and will be hosted by the Government of Brazil.

The event will provide a global platform for dialogue on how the 2008 recommendations of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health could be taken forward. Specifically, the conference will provide a process for the sharing of national experiences and technical knowledge on addressing social determinants of health.

The conference will aim to catalyse coordinated global action in five key areas:

  • governance to tackle the root causes of health inequities: implementing action on social determinants of health;
  • the role of the health sector, including public health programmes, in reducing health inequities;
  • promoting participation: community leadership for action on social determinants;
  • global action on social determinants: aligning priorities and stakeholders;
  • monitoring progress: measurement and analysis to inform policies on social determinants.

Member States are expected to endorse the Rio Declaration, thereby strengthening their political commitment to reducing health inequities.