Fourth Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention
As a pre-meeting to Safety 2016 – the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion – WHO and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland hosted the “Fourth Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention” with the overall goal of identifying concrete ways to further support Ministry of Health focal points in their efforts and facilitate implementation of the relevant SDG targets and recent UN General Assembly and World Health Assembly resolutions on violence prevention and road safety. The objectives were to catalyze action by:
- increasing the exchange of ideas and information among the Ministry of Health focal points;
- identifying the priority steps needed to achieve the SDG targets on violence prevention and road traffic injury prevention;
- informing the Ministry of Health focal points about WHO products and tools for violence and injury prevention;
- identifying future activities of the informal network of Ministry of Health focal points; and
- facilitating the participation of the Ministry of Health focal points in Safety 2016.
As background, since the three previous global meetings were held in connection with editions of the series of World Conferences – South Africa in 2006, Mexico in 2008 and the United Kingdom in 2010 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted, which includes a number of SDGs with specific targets related to road traffic injury prevention and to violence prevention. These include:
- SDG target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes
- SDG target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
- SDG target 5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
- SDG target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
- SDG target 16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
In addition, in 2016 the 69th World Health Assembly adopted resolutions on the WHO Global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health sector within a multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children, as well as on road safety.
Around 100 countries were represented at the Fourth Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention, and the gathering was instrumental in terms of refocusing efforts to address these leading killers which collectively take the lives of more than 5 million people every year and injure tens of millions more.