Latest news about WorldConference on Social Determinants of Health

Over 100 Member States and 60 Ministers have confirmed their participation in this high-level event. Outside of the World Health Assembly, WHO cannot recall another meeting since the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata in 1978 that attracted more Member States at this political level.

Please download the latest conference programme at and feel free to circulate it to colleagues, collaborators and networks.

The main conference will start at 14.00 on Wednesday, 19 October and will finish in the early afternoon on Friday, 21 October. As we need to comply with security measures, please count up to one hour to access the venue.

The second day will feature five parallel sessions on the technical themes of the conference, as well as a ministerial track. The Declaration Drafting group will also be holding meetings on 20 October, 2011.

Before and after the main conference – from Tuesday, 18 October to Saturday, 22 October – a number of stakeholder events will also be organized by ministries of health, UN partners, WHO departments and NGOs. These events will be open to all conference participants, as well as members of the public. You can download the stakeholder programme from

Please have a look at the Guide for Participants as this contains important and useful information about arrivals and transfers, seating arrangements, distribution of documents and on-site facilities.

In order to prepare yourself for the conference, you may wish to have a look at the extensive background documentation, including case studies, sectoral briefs and key reference documents

The Rio Declaration

Member States are expected to adopt the Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, pledging to implement action in the five key areas of social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. Geneva-based missions have been discussing the draft text since 7 September, 2011 in a Member State-led consultative process.

Conference documentation

The WHO Discussion Paper ‘Closing the gap: Policy into practice on social determinants of health’ is available on the conference website in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese You will receive a hardcopy of this paper in your conference folder when you pick up your badge at the venue.


We will close online registration within a few days but late registration will also be possible at the venue from 18 October (Address: Hotel Sofitel Copacabana, Avenida Atlantica 4240 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22070002). Participants who have already registered online will be able to pick up their badges and conference folders from 18 October at the same location.


The conference will be webcast in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and we would encourage you to share this information with colleagues and networks. We would like to ensure that the conference reaches even more policy-makers, academics, technical experts and NGOs, and hope that the key messages will reach beyond the health sector.

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