Annual Briefings

The Alliance’s  Annual Briefing is a side event of the World Health Assembly held each year in May in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. Following its establishment in 1997, the Alliance has organised an Annual Briefing offering an opportunity for civil society, Governments and other key players in health promotion to share experiences, practices, ideas, identify gaps, and agree on priorities for action as well as respective roles. The Briefing always addresses an item on the Agenda of the WHA.

Annual Briefing of the Alliance (18th)

“Building a Strong Collaboration Across Sectors and Players to Achieve Sustainable Health and Health Equity Outcomes”. Geneva, Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 18:00-19:30


Annual Briefing of the Alliance jointly organised with the Regions of Climate Action (R20)

“Empowerment for Sustainable Development: Making Health Promotion Tangible in the Post-MDGs Agenda” Geneva, Restaurant Vieux-Bois, 21 May 2014, 17:30


Annual Briefing of the Alliance during the 66th World Health Assembly

“From Global Declarations to Local Actions: Health Promotion beyond 2015”
organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion-A4HP, Geneva
jointly with the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative – REPSSI, South Africa
Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 17:30-19:00 at the Restaurant Vieux-Bois

Followed by a reception/networking
Dr Rüdiger Krech, WHO Director, Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinants of Health and Health Promotion – achieving more together
Dr Stefan Germann, Board Director, REPSSI – Psychosocial Support implementation at regional and country level – lessons for broader health promotion
Roopa Dhatt, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, IFMSA President – Medical Education and Health Promotion beyond 2015

80 people attended the Briefing, among them a great number of young health

Concept paper prepared by the NGO Advisory Group on Health Promotion

for its 10th Briefing at WHA, 16 May 2007

The role of civil society in health is to advocate, facilitate and empower communities to manage their health and gain access to healthcare. Civil society has been recognized by WHO to play a key role in providing and optimizing health services, mobilizing and organizing health promotion campaigns and messages, representing public interests for policy setting, promoting equity in resource mobilization and allocation, and monitoring the quality of care and responsiveness of health services.At the beginning of the last century, some 100 international Non-Governmental Organizations were in existence. This has proliferated to some tens of thousands with over 2000 NGOs currently holding relations with the United Nations. Civil society at local, national, regional and international levels has developed into a powerful social engine, capable of working with government and communities to drive developmental change (Magrath, 2005).Nearly three decades have passed since the declaration of Alma Ata and whilst progress in primary health care has ensued, pressures on health services are mounting in the struggle to provide equitable access. The HIV/AIDs epidemic, widespread poverty and deprivation, stretched resources for health provision and healthcare worker, and ongoing neglect in health infrastructure development have debilitated fragile healthcare systems in developing countries. 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the WHO and the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata. The 2007 World Health Assembly will mark the 10th Anniversary of the NGO Health Promotion Group. This session will seed a timely debate to explore the role of civil society in primary health care and engage participants to reexamine opportunities for multi-sectoral sustainable action to strengthen health systems.May 2007