8th Global Conference on Health Promotion

May 13, 2013

HPconference2013LogoThe 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (8GCHP) will be held at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland, on June 10-14 2013. The conference is co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.

Participation at the Conference is by invitation only. The invitation process will not start before October 2012. More information on this topic will be provided at a later stage. Further information: healthpromotion@who.int


The Conference will assess achievements and aims for health promotion globally from Ottawa to Nairobi. It aims to address what works and how, identifying options for action, available processes, mechanisms and tools.


  • To implement the intersectoral action for health and health in all policies approaches at the country level
  • To exchange experiences in implementing Health in All Policies including the identification of effective tools and other prerequisites for country action
  • To highlight the value of health promotion activities for health, their relevance for overall societal development and for development policies
  • To inform about economic aspects of health promotion
  • To highlight the important role of primary health care in health promotion
  • To review progress, impact and achievements of health promotion since the Ottawa Conference

Linked to

  • Sustainability of health systems
  • Implementation of recommendations on social determinants for health
  • UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Review of the Millennium Development Goals
  • Sustainable development agenda


  • 800 invited participants representing different levels of Member State governments, UN and international organizations, civil society and international financial institutions and foundations
  • Representatives from health and other sectors relevant for health determinants, such as education, environment, employment, agriculture, trade, transportation, housing, finance, foreign and development policy


  • Plenary sessions
  • Parallel tracks in working groups
  • European Day
To support the preparations for the Conference, WHO and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland are seeking partners for collaboration who have an interest in health and its promotion and/or in related critical issues for health such as education, environment, employment, agriculture, transportation, housing, trade, finance, and foreign and development policy.Partners with practical implementation experience on intersectoral action for health will have the opportunity to collaborate in organizing a landmark event that aims to develop concrete guidance on what works to promote health through public policies.


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