31 August, 2011 - Conference preparations are well underway and there is significant interest within Member States and among stakeholders to actively contribute to the discussions in Rio. Member States will begin a consultation on the draft Rio Declaration on Social determinants of Health on 7 September, 2011 in Geneva. The WHO Discussion Paper will be available on this web site by mid-September. The Conference Secretariat will be closing the registration of participants on 19 September, 2011 and encourages all invitees to register as soon as possible. October will be a busy month for Rio de Janeiro so we also recommend that participants book their travel and hotel soon.