10th World Conference on Health Promotion – PAHO / WHO

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Register for the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development, which will be held virtually this year.

About the conference

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

The event takes place at a critical time in our progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and better construction in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health promotion allows people to take better control and improve their health. In this context, health promotion creates healthy conditions and environments for people where they live, work, age and play. The conference will examine how health promotion can improve well-being. It will be the first time that WHO has addressed wellness as the theme of a major conference.

Conference participants will discuss the contributions that health promotion can make to the well-being of individuals and societies. They will approach these contributions in the context of the key components of well-being. Discussions will be organized on the major areas of man, the planet and prosperity. The Conference will provide the opportunity to showcase successful national examples of promoting health through good governance for health and well-being. It will also show how such a change contributes to alleviating public health challenges and paves the way for building health promotion approaches.

About the Health Promotion Forum session

TIME: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CET (click here for your time zone)

Scope of the session: Discuss the importance of and strategies for strengthening smoking cessation services to reduce the global burden of tobacco-related disease and death.

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

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