The Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health will express global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities. It will help to build momentum within WHO Member States for the development of dedicated national action plans and strategies. The first consultation on the declaration, convened by the Government of Brazil, is being held at WHO headquarters on 7 September, 2011, with several more meetings planned before the conference.
In light of the considerable demand to attend the conference, the venue has been substantially expanded to accommodate more participants from across the globe.
The second interim report on the 'European review of social determinants of health and the health divide' has now been released. Drafted by a team based at University College London and led by Sir Michael Marmot, the report will be discussed during the upcoming Meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Baku, Azerbaijan on 12-15 September, 2011.
For more information on the conference which will be held from 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, please visit: http://www.who.int/sdhconference/en/
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