Call for action of the Legacy Statements of the 2019 World Conference on Health Promotion Monday, 29 July 2019

More than a thousand delegates from 73 countries attended the biggest ever public health conference to be held in our country. Co-hosted last April in Rotorua by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (HPF), its theme of 'Waiora: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All, attracted international and regional partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC). National public health organisations and institutions, as well as the health promotion workforce attended, presented, shared knowledge, built and enhanced international networks.

Three major knowledge areas, Planetary Health and Ecological Determinants, Indigenous Health Promotion, and Social Determinants - focusing on justice and equity, emerged prominently in the conference, offering complementary approaches to addressing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Approved by acclamation on the final day, the legacy statements, The Waiora Indigenous Statement, and the Rotorua General Statement, are two of several post-conference initiatives and activities being followed up.

While each statement focuses on certain areas, both statements are primarily a call for action on the most pressing, global challenge for the world today, the health of the planet and its peoples. They can be reference points for research, policy,  learning, public health, health promotion and sustainable development practice.



See the Statements here:

The Waiora Indigenous Statement

The Rotorua General Statement