The 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion (9GCHP) will be held from Nov. 21 to 24 in Shanghai. GCHP is the highest level conference on health promotion. The 9GCHP is jointly organized by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China and the World Health Organization (WHO) and hosted by Shanghai People's Government. Participants working on health promotion from Member States of WHO, representatives of UN agencies, health ministers of some countries, healthy city mayors, and experts in international health promotion and Sustainable Development Goals will attend the conference.
This year is the beginning year of China's 13th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2016-2020) and also the beginning year of "Health China" Initiative, as well as the 30th anniversary of GCHPs. In such an important moment, the 9GCHP hosted by China will not only showcase the Chinese experiences and achievement in health development and health promotion and reinforce the status and role of health in the UN 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also help promote health promotion theories and practice to energize health promotion development in the 21st Century an contribute to the improvement of health of the people around the world.
All the GCHPs over the past 30 years have consolidated the theories of health promotion, disseminated the practical experiences in health promotion at community, national, regional and global levels. The success of the previous GCHPs over the past 30 years could have not been achieved without the participation of impelmenters, policy makers, activists and members of the networks, who were involved in the preparation, designing and convening of the GCHPs, as well as in compiling, revising and disseminating the output documents. GCHPs provide an open, free and participatory platform for sharing thoughts and have become a launcher of social and health innovations. The wider global development agenda requests governments at all levels to put health and sustainable development in the center of social and economic development; GCHPs are part of this global development agenda.
We have witnessed the development and use of health promotion models, methodologies and tools over the past 30 years. Through carefully designed intervention evaluation, we have built evidences of the effectiveness of health promotion, and have accumulated a large amount of experiences in community practice and government policy implementation. The 9GCHP will provide an important opportunity for reiterating the relevance and importance of health promotion in improving health and health equity; offer guidance for countries in using health promotion theories and methods to achieve SDGs; and mobilize communities and governments to achieve "Health for All" through achieving SDGs.