Del­e­gates en­dorse plans call­ing for ac­tion

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By SHAN JUAN in Shang­hai shan­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

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.

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