World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Landmark conference ends with adoption of Rio Political Declaration

WHO convened a global conference on 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to build support for the implementation of action on social determinants of health. The conference brought together over 1000 participants representing 125 Member States and a diverse group of stakeholders. The event was attended among others by Michel Temer, Vice President of Brazil and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. On 21 October, 2011 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 27 July 2012

    Final Report of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health now available

    The WHO Conference Secretariat has now put together the full Report of the World Conference (66 pages with color pictures). A 16 page summary Report is also available

  • 26 May 2012

    World Health Assembly adopts the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health

    A resolution endorsing the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health was adopted in May 2012 by WHO Member States at the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 24 May 2012

    Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly Side Event

    The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health produced at the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health in Rio, Brazil, in October 2011, identified five action areas for health to engage in to address the social determinants of health.

  • 21 January 2012

    Outcome of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

    The Executive Board having considered the report on the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2011), recommends to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution. Click on the above link for more information.

  • 28 November 2011

    Conference summary now available

    The WHO Conference Secretariat has put together a brief summary of the conference. A comprehensive report is also being prepared and will be available in spring 2012.

  • 9 November 2011

    World Conference to be discussed at next Executive Board meeting

    In January 2012, the WHO Executive Board will review the outcome of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, including progress on the implementation of WHA resolution 62.14.

  • 6 November 2011

    Videos from the conference

    We have started building a video library to collect all the material that was screened and recorded during the conference, including interviews with participants. Watch the first few videos.

  • 21 October 2011

    Member States adopt political declaration

    125 participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, pledging to work towards reducing health inequities by taking action across five core areas.

  • 20 October 2011

    WHO launches web-based platform on social determinants of health

    During the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, WHO launched an innovative web-based platform - Action SDH - to facilitate discussion on how health equity could be improved through action on social determinants of health.

  • 19 October 2011

    Final programme of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

    Ministries of health, WHO Regional Offices, UN partners and NGOs held a number of stakeholder events before and after the conference. All stakeholder events were open to conference participants as well as members of the public and journalists.

  • 6 October 2011

    Interview with Dr Rüdiger Krech

    The head of the Conference Secretariat discusses the importance of making this conference a success.

  • 4 October 2011

    28 case studies published

    We have put online 28 case studies presenting successful examples of policy action aiming to reduce health inequities. The case studies cover a wide range of issues, including conditional cash transfers, gender-based violence, tuberculosis programmes and maternal and child health.

  • 23 September 2011

    Release of the Conference discussion paper

    The WHO Discussion Paper 'Closing the gap: Policy into practice on social determinants of health was released. The paper is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Background

Three children wash their hands with water from a hose, India.
WHO/Tom Pietrasik

The World Conference on Social Determinants of Health brought together Member States and stakeholders to share experiences on policies and strategies aimed at reducing health inequities. The event provided a global platform for dialogue on how the recommendations of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2008) could be taken forward.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the WHO Conference Secretariat by sending an E-mail to sdh@who.int