Health promotion

9th Global Conference on Health Promotion - About

About the conference

Health promotion in the SDGs

Health for all and all for health

Join us in raising the priority accorded to promoting health and sustainable development. The People’s Republic of China and WHO are the joint-organizers of the Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai on 21-24 November 2016. The Conference is entitled “Promoting health in the Sustainable Development Goals: Health for all and all for health,” and is being hosted by the Government and China and the Municipal Government of Shanghai. “Health promotion is about enabling and empowering people, communities and societies to take charge of their own health and quality of life.”


  • To highlight the critical links between promoting health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


  • To provide guidance to Member States on how to reflect promoting health into national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) responses, and how to accelerate progress on SDG targets.
  • Exchange national experiences in:
    • strengthening good governance for health through action across government sectors;
    • broadening and strengthening social mobilization; and
    • promoting health literacy.
  • To highlight the health sector’s changing role as the key advocate for promoting health.
  • To highlight the crucial role that cities – and municipal leaders, especially Mayors – play in promoting health (creating Healthy Cities), in the context of an increasingly urbanized global population.


  • Ministers of Agriculture, Development Cooperation, Financing, Foreign Affairs, Health, Planning, and Trade.
  • Public policy decision makers.
  • Health promotion experts.

Why this conference matters?

Health is at the heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Promoting health is, therefore, central to delivering on the SDGs. In highlighting how health and sustainable development are inextricably linked, this Conference will chart a new course for the next 15 years, aimed at inspiring national governments, municipal leaders and other stakeholders to grasp the great potential of promoting health across all sectors of society.

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