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Catalyze and lead intra and inter-sectoral initiatives aimed at strengthening Member States' capacity to promote and protect health through public policies that will transform social and environmental determinants and will help reduce inequities and risks in order to improve the physical, mental, and social well being of the population within a framework of sustainable development.  


Functional Statements

1.)  Develops and implements technical cooperation programs on sustainable development and health, focusing on the social and environmental determinants of health with an inter-sectoral approach.

2.)  Promotes guidelines, standards and best practices on environmental health, occupational health, water and sanitation, health promotion, social determinants of health, mental health, violence prevention, road safety, tobacco control, alcohol control, substance abuse, healthy diet and physical activity.

3.)  Establishes and promotes inter-programmatic and intersectoral work with networks such as WHO CC and other key stakeholders, to address topics related to SDE.  

4.)  Develop and disseminate methodologies on health risk assessment, health impact assessment, equity and risk factors´ control for health systems based on primary health care.

5.)  The Area of ​​Sustainable Development and Environmental Health consists of three technical projects: Health Promotion and Determinants of Health (HP), Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MH), and Environmental and Occupational Health (EH), which includes the Regional Team on Water and Sanitation (ETRAS).


- EcoJoven
- Health Promoting Universities
- Faces, Voices and Places
- The Basket of Good Practices
- Health Promoting Schools
- Post 2015 Development Agenda

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SDE Mandates

Health Promotion



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