C5 Federal café: Alliance 4 health promotion – Health Promotion – at the heart of sustainability

C5 Federal café: Alliance 4 health promotion – Health Promotion – at the heart of sustainability

Invited Session
Location: Exhibition Floor Date: April 20, 2016 Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Health Promotion – at the heart of sustainability. 30th Anniversary of the Ottawa Charter

Gabriella Sozanski, Alliance 4 health promotion, Suisse
Jean-Pierre Girard, Health Nexus, Canada
Sandrine Motamed, Institute of Global Health, Geneva University, Suisse



This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Charter adopted at the first International Conference on Health Promotion. According to the definition of the Ottawa Charter "Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health."

The world has gone through major political, economic and social changes since 1986. There has been a major shift in global power relations, global health governance, and the economic model. Reducing health inequities and Social Determinants of Health (SDH) have come to the forefront recognizing human development on the top of the global health agenda. This is significant when we appreciate that Health Promotion has to a large extent experienced the same trajectory as the SDH and is now in convergence with SDH and reducing health inequities, thus providing a new opportunity for Health Promotion to claim again its space in the global health and development agenda.


General objective:

Awareness among the medical professionals, other health and development workers of the importance of Health Promotion, a salutogenic and holistic approach to health and its relevance in contributing to a better quality of life.


Specific topic addressed:

The cafe session will be used to announce the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion to be organised in collaboration with Canadian partners and hosted by the government of Prince Edward Island 16-17 October. At the session information will be shared on its preparation, stakeholder participation and expected outcomes. The planned Forum will review the legacy of the Ottawa Charter in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals from a Civil Society perspective.