Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Renewed Commitment to Health Promotion

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Renewed Commitment to Health Promotion

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Leaders from governments and United Nations and civil society organizations, city mayors and health experts from across the world have issued two landmark commitments to guide actions to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The commitments were launched on 21 November during the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai, co-organized by the World Health Organization and the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China. The conference was held under the slogan of "Health for all and all for health".

The Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion stresses the importance of using the key pillars of health promotion, namely good governance for health, healthy cities, social mobilization and health literacy, to take action on the 17 sustainable development goals.

In recognition of the fact that more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, another commitment, the Shanghai Healthy Cities Consensus, was released in the presence of more than 100 mayors from China and around the world. The Consensus commits to making cities more equitable and to establishing healthier environments in which healthy choices are accessible to everyone. …

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