Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

Health in All Policies: Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals

30 - 31 March 2017

International Conference, Adelaide, South Australia

The South Australian government jointly with WHO organized the International Health in All Policies Conference - progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, in Adelaide on 30-31 March 2017.

The conference represented a major step in follow-up to the Shanghai Declaration on Promoting Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), and focused on the aspect of good governance for wellbeing and health as a key pillar of health promotion to advance the 2030 Agenda 2030 as called for by the Shanghai Declaration.

The conference provided a platform to exchange on the various experiences on Health in All Policies at national and subnational levels, built on major globally agreed policy documents including the first 2010 Adelaide Statement on Health in All Policies and the 2013 Helsinki Statement on Health in All Policies, the report of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and the Rio Political Declaration on the Social determinants of health, and the Shanghai Declaration. exchange ideas to enhance and continue action to address today’s wide-ranging and interconnected health and development challenges.

The conference highlighted the crucial role of fostering meaningful participation and inclusive policy-making, in anchoring the Health in All Policies approach in countries. A key outcome was the statement "Health in All Policies: Governance, Partnerships and the Sustainable Development Agenda, Adelaide Statement II on Health in All Policies 2017."
The statement stresses that:

  • Health is a political choice, and as such any political, economic, social and ecological decision has health and equity impacts. Mayors play a critical role in agenda 2030 and health.
  • The SDGs are indivisible and universal and should not be addressed in silos but rather through taking into consideration their interconnectedness.
  • The transformative strategies for implementing the SDGs require joint action and policy coherence through the various levels of the government. Thus health literacy is critical to good governance.

The Health in AII Policies approach is an integral part of good governance in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is a valuable investment and a tool that supports country efforts to address health determinants and equity through shared leadership across government, and with citizens, ensuring co-benefits based on sound evidence. The conference was held following 10 years of practical application of Health in All Policies in the State of South Australia and was attended by 150 experts and practitioners of Health in All Policies (HiAP) from 18 countries across the six WHO Regions.