Con­fer­ence to tout healthy life­styles

Half of world’s peo­ple live in cities, giv­ing may­ors great power to make a dif­fer­ence

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By SHAN JUAN shan­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Peo­ple at home and abroad can ex­pect some bold and ex­cit­ing out­comes from the 9th Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion in Shang­hai, ac­cord­ing to Bern­hard Schwart­lander, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive in China, who is also the con­fer­ence spokesman.

He­made­the re­marks in an in­ter­viewwith China Daily on the eve of the con­fer­ence, which is to run from Mon­day through Thurs­day this week, gath­er­ing more than 1,000 lead­ers in pol­i­tics, health and de­vel­op­ment from China and abroad.

“Lead­ers will take con­crete ac­tion to pro­mote health and sus­tain­able ur­ban de­vel­op­ment through the adop­tion of the Shang­hai Dec­la­ra­tion and the Shang­hai Con­sen­sus on Healthy Cities at the con­fer­ence,” Schwart­lander said.

This will in­volve em­pow­er­ing and mo­bi­liz­ing com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­eties across the world to pro­mote health aware­ness within com­mu­ni­ties and im­prove the so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­ter­mi­nants of health, he said.

The con­fer­ence came af­ter the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil is­sued the “Healthy China 2030” plan, which rec­og­nizes a “health­in­poli­cies” ap­proach to im­prov­ing peo­ple’s well-be­ing.

“That, again, demon­strates the com­mit­ment to health pro­mo­tion by the top lead­er­ship,” said Song Shuli, spokes­woman of China’s top health author­ity.

Schwart­lander said the con­fer­ence would serve as a plat­form for in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion, adding that it will fea­ture a fo­rum of more than 100 city may­ors from China and around the world, fo­cus­ing on how cities can pro­mote healthily liv­ing.

Half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion live in ur­ban ar­eas, and this fig­ure is ex­pected to grow to about twothirds by 2030.

“May­ors have the power to im­prove the lives and well-be­ing of res­i­dents,” Schwart­lander said.

Michael Bloomberg, for­mer mayor of New York City, and US andWHO­good­will am­bas­sador for non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, will ad­dress link.

Bloomberg was fa­mous for push­ing poli­cies such as a soda tax and a higher le­gal age limit for smok­ing, said Liu Yuanli, dean of the School of Pub­lic Health at Pek­ing Union Med­i­cal Col­lege.

In ad­di­tion, the con­fer­ence will gather lead­ers from the pri­vate sec­tor, Schwart­lander said. “They pro­mote health through tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions.”

Re­lated pan­els with Robin Li, chair­man and CEO of Baidu, and Baroness Joanna Shields — UK min­is­ter for in­ter­net safety and se­cu­rity and founder ofWePro­tect, a pioneer­ing global al­liance to end sex­ual ex­ploita­tion on­line — will dis­cuss en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches for de­liv­er­ing health out­comes, Schwart­lander said.

It is only through a range of sec­tors such as po­lice, city plan­ners, the con­fer­ence via video ed­u­ca­tion, trans­port and oth­ers com­ing to­gether that health is­sues can be ad­dressed, he added, sug­gest­ing multi-sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion within the gov­ern­ment.

Many pub­lic health chal­lenges cut across var­i­ous sec­tors, such as tackling non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance or in­fec­tious dis­ease, he said.

“To mean­ing­fully ad­dress these is­sues, the health sec­tor can­not do it alone, and a joint ef­fort is needed.”

For ex­am­ple, he cited fi­nance min­istries rais­ing taxes on un­healthy prod­ucts, trans­port and po­lice min­istries com­ing to­gether to tackle road deaths and in­juries, as well as to­bacco con­trol.

“To ef­fec­tively curb smok­ing, we need to raise taxes on tabacco and make poli­cies that cre­ate 100 per­cent smoke-free spa­ces and pro­mote plain pack­ag­ing to re­move the glam­orous im­age of smok­ing,” he said.

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“This is a global gala in the field of pro­mot­ing pub­lic san­i­ta­tion and health. We will do our best to pro­vide ser­vices for the rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Mean­while, with this golden op­por­tu­nity, we will present China’s wis­dom and the spec­ta­cle of Shang­hai, as well as share global ex­pe­ri­ences. Through such ac­tions, we will en­deavor to im­ple­ment the Healthy China 2030 plan and im­prove the health of or­di­nary peo­ple.”

Wu Jin­glei,

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“My pas­sion has al­ways been help­ing peo­ple to be healthy. I’m es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to the In­ter­na­tional May­ors Fo­rum on Healthy Cities, which will in­clude more than 100 may­ors from China and around the world dis­cussing poli­cies on how to make cities health­ier. The im­por­tance of healthy cities is a mat­ter of sim­ple math. More than 1 bil­lion peo­ple in this re­gion live in ur­ban ar­eas. That’s more than half of the pop­u­la­tion. If you care about peo­ple, you have to care about healthy cities.”

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Shin Young-Soo,

“Re­spond­ing to the in­creas­ing bur­den of chronic dis­eases, an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and an in­ef­fi­cient health sys­tem, China is im­ple­ment­ing the Healthy China 2030 plan to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the health of its pop­u­la­tion. China looks for­ward to learn­ing from in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices as well as shar­ing with the world its in­no­va­tions and lessons. The Shang­hai Dec­la­ra­tion, the draft­ing process of which I had the honor to par­tic­i­pate in, will call for more ef­forts on so­cial mo­bi­liza­tion, health lit­er­acy, good gov­er­nance and healthy cities. The con­fer­ence is ex­pected to fos­ter new col­lab­o­ra­tion and re­vi­tal­ize the global move­ment for health pro­mo­tion as well as achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.”

Liu Yuanli,

deanofPek­ingUnion SchoolofPublicHealthattheChi­nese

“We are ex­cited to see China host the con­fer­ence, as it demon­strates once again China’s com­mit­ment to global health and de­vel­op­ment. The theme of this year’s con­fer­ence is em­pow­er­ing in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­eties to take charge of their own health and qual­ity of life, an area in which China has a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence to share with the rest of the world, hav­ing played a cru­cial role in achiev­ing the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals. We at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work closely with part­ners across the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor in China, who can fa­cil­i­tate and cat­alyze pos­i­tive changes in other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries that could ben­e­fit from China’s ex­pe­ri­ence and grow­ing ca­pac­ity for in­no­va­tion and low­cost man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

Li Yinuo,

di­rec­to­roftheChina of­ficeattheBil­landMelin­daGates Foun­da­tion

“In ad­di­tion to the bur­geon­ing de­vel­op­ment of health pro­mo­tion ef­forts within the coun­try, China also ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions, hop­ing to pro­vide a Chi­nese so­lu­tion to the global is­sue of health. Host­ing the 9th Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion is a ma­jor honor, show­ing that the Healthy China 2030 strat­egy is con­nect­ing with the world. As the high­est-level con­fer­ence in the field of health pro­mo­tion, it shows a tight con­nec­tion be­tween China’s ef­forts in this field and the global un­der­tak­ing of san­i­ta­tion, with Shang­hai hav­ing been cho­sen to host the con­fer­ence on its 30th an­niver­sary.” Mao Qun’an,

Bern­hard Schwart­lander

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