10th Global Conference on Health Promotion

10th Global Conference on Health Promotion
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Register for the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity, and Sustainable Development, taking place virtually this year.

About the Conference

The Tenth Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development, to be held on 13–15 December 2021, is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the United Arab Emirates, United Nations agencies and partners.

The event is taking place at a critical moment in our progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building forward better in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health promotion enables people to increase control over and improve their health. Against this backdrop, health promotion creates conditions and healthy environments for people where they live, work, age and play. The Conference will address how health promotion can advance well-being. It will be the first time that WHO addresses well-being as the theme of a major conference.

Participants at the Conference will discuss the contributions that health promotion can make to people’s and societies’ well-being. They will address these contributions in the context of key components of well-being. Discussions will be organized on the broad areas of people, the planet and prosperity. The Conference will offer an opportunity to present successful country examples of health promotion achieved by good governance for health and well-being. It will also show how such a shift contributes to mitigating public health challenges and paves the way to building forward with health promotion approaches.

About the Health Promotion Forum Session

TIME: 3:30 - 4:30pm CET (click here for your time zone)

Scope of session: To discuss the importance of and strategies for strengthening tobacco cessation services to reduce the global burden of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths.

  • About 60% of the 1.3 billion tobacco users want to quit, but less than half of them have access to the appropriate tobacco cessation services.
  • Many countries do not cover the costs of tobacco cessation services. Only a few countries have sufficiently trained personnel or dedicated budgets for population level cessation programmes.
  • Since COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs and smoking impairs lung function, smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.
  • Strong cessation services save lives, improve health and save money. People who quit tobacco can live longer, healthier and more productive lives.