Delegates endorse plans calling for action
The baton was passed on to leaders from city governments, private sectors and communities to promote health at the closing ceremony of the Ninth Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai on Thursday.
Cui Li, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning-Commission, said the four-day conference and the documents it issued had set the direction for global health promotion and governance.
“That has been endorsed by all attendees of the conference from around the world and now we are looking forward to actions by ministers and city mayors to promote health,” she said at the closing ceremony.
The conference issued two major documents — the Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion and the Shanghai Consensus on Healthy Cities — which promote effective governance, healthy cities and improving health literacy as pillars for health promotion.
Margaret Chan, directorgeneral of the World Health Organization, declared the conference a success and reiterated that health is a political choice, adding that “profit should not be prioritized over people’s health.”
WHO China Representative Bernhard Schwartlander urged leaders from different sectors to commit to taking concrete action to promote health and sustainable urban development.
Gabriella Sozanski, a board member of the Alliance For Health Promotion in Geneva, Switzerland, said: “It is up to us whether we can attain the goals set in the Shanghai Declaration. On a global level, there is political will and goals have been set. Now it comes down to national governments adopting proper legislation to enable organizations and sectors of government to implement such goals. It is all about teamwork.”
Wang Longde, head of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association and deputy head of the National People’s Congress Education, Science, Culture and Health Committee, said that to ensure such implementation is possible, the top legislature is considering making a law clearly defining roles and responsibilities for various government departments on health promotion.
Mao Qun’an, publicity chief of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said during the conference that a national law banning smoking in public places is expected to be announced by the end of this year.
“Due to the unique situation (State monopoly) here, we sometimes face obstacles, but in the long run, it’s in the best interests of the government and people’s health,” he said.
Chan agreed, saying, “Because the determinants of health are so broad, progress in improving health is a reliable indicator of progress in implementing the overall development agenda.”
Now we are looking forward to actions by ministers and city mayors to promote health.” Cui Li, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission
Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, kisses Wang Longde, head of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, celebrating the success of the Ninth Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai on Thursday.