Social determinants of health

Health in the post-2015 development agenda: need for a social determinants of health approach

Joint statement of the UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health

This is an informal document aiming at informing on how best to consider the social determinants of health aspects in the post-2015 global thematic consultations organized under the United Nations Development Group. Annex 1 aims to briefly illustrate the concept of the social determinants of health as applied to the ideas of the specific thematic groups, give some examples of why health is important to each specific theme, and show how each theme could contribute to health. It does not represent the official positions of the organizations.

The UN Platform on Social Determinants of Health is an informal mechanism to provide coordinated support to Member States with implementation of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health. The Platform also advocates placing the social determinants of health highly on the global development agenda, and fostering coherent action on the social determinants of health. Currently, the platform involves staff from ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS.

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