16th World Congress on Public Health - ONLINE EVENT Monday, 12 October 2020

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Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy and Action

The global public health community will be meeting at a critical time for our planet. Global temperatures lie far beyond historical records and there are real fears that we are reaching a tipping point. Threats to food and water supply, poverty and inequalities are leading to mass migraton and conflict. Political structures, at national, regional, and global levels, are struggling to respond. International agreements on climate change, nuclear weapons and much else, are being torn up. The Enlightenment view, that policy should be shaped by evidence, is being rejected by some leading politicians. At a time when global solidarity is required, populist politicians are exploiting divisions.

The theme of the World Congress, Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community, have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must make visible the threats to health, some of which are already emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our commitment to health in all policies.

We, as public health community, have much to contribute and much to learn. As always, we will have many opportunities to share ideas among ourselves, but this year we can enrich our experiences even further, bringing a global perspective to our thinking. More about the plenary programme here.



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WCPH Organisation

The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI).


Photo Competition

In the time of the COVID-19 crisis, the World Federation of Public Health Associations is hosting a photo contest to capture pictures related to COVID-19 and the challenges of the pandemic in different countries. The aim of the contest is to highlight the role of public health during the crisis and to facilitate appropriate communication and effective advocacy during and after the pandemic. Photos need to be submitted by 30 June. See more here.