World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Member States adopt political declaration

21 October 2011 - 125 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, pledging to work towards reducing health inequities by taking action across five core areas.

The declaration expresses global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities. It will help to build momentum within countries for the development of dedicated national action plans and strategies.

The declaration is currently available in English only but will be translated to all official UN languages in due course. Translating the text into other languages is welcome and needs WHO approval.