Global Forums

Since 2010 the Alliance has provided a forum opportunity to address health, in terms of human well-being in all of its dimensions. This change in paradigm calls for policies that overcome fragmentation and ‘silo’ approaches in order to understand that good health is central to sustainable social and economic development across all sectors of global society. This requires a holistic approach to future strategies.

The first Global Forum on Health Promotion was organised in collaboration with WHO in 2011 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Charter.  It was adopted during the first International Conference on Health Promotion in 1986 in Canada.  The Conference had Ilona Kickbusch as the keynote speaker.

The Global Forum provides an important platform for NGOs, civil society, governments, academic institutions and other key stakeholders to address the current challenges of health promotion and set the agenda for research, advocacy and action.

This is an opportunity for all those involved in promoting healthy living to share and learn from one another whilst building consensus on best practices. It also showcases new and innovative approaches based on research and experiences from grassroots project implementers.

The 7th Global Forum on Health Promotion

“Our Planet, Our Health” 14 December 2017, Graduate institute, Geneva

2016 English- Global Forum for Health Promotion

The 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion

“Health Promotion ~ At the Very Heart of Sustainability” 16-17 October 2016, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

Thoughts from Charlottetown

My Journey through the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion

Alliance for Health Promotion: Harnessing civic engagement

It is the first time that the Global Forum on Health Promotion will be organised outside of Geneva, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, PEI.
The big Civil Society gathering will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Ottawa Charter and will look into the future of health promotion in the light of the Social Development Goals. Highlights of the event will include a keynote speech by Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, a video message from Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, a Roundtable session on Governance for Health and a session on Future leadership of Health Promotion. The activities will be organised in Plenary sessions and concurrent workshops. The outcome document, the PEI Declaration will be transmitted to the WHO 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion to be held in Shanghai, 21-24 November.

Save the Date flyers in English and French.

Photo gallery 

The 5th Global Forum on Health Promotion

"Closing the Gap in Health Equity through Technology"
16th November 2015. Maison de la Paix, Graduate Institute, Geneva

organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion in collaboration with the ITU, WHO and the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Global Forum on Health Promotion will explore in its 2015 edition how current and emerging technologies can impact on promoting health and well-being of people from all parts of the world, in particular the marginalized and vulnerable. Electronic communication and information technology not only covers technical development but also reflects a state of mind, a way of thinking, and an attitude which closely connects health promotion to behavioral change. Mobile health offers a way to empower citizens to better control their own health while reducing health care costs. Currently more people have access to mobile devices than to clean water, electricity or toothbrushes.

Innovative technologies have enormous potential to improve human well-being and to address health equity. This is particularly relevant in the area of environmental health where major technological advancements are contributing to decreased exposure to environmental risks. Successful examples of technological implementation illustrate the core values of equity. Technological progress, however, does not always guarantee equitable health outcomes.

You can download the full programme in pdf.
Check the presentations here.
See a selection of photos from the Global Forum here.
Announcement – Save the date

The 4th Global Forum on Health Promotion

"Innovation and New Approaches for Health Promotion"
12 November 2014, Biotech Campus. Geneva, Switzerland

organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion
in collaboration with WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health and
Institute of Global Health of the Geneva University
12 November 2014, from 8:00‐17:00
Biotech Campus, 9 chemin des Mines, Geneva, Switzerland
Programme and presentations
Introduction Englishversion française
Press Release Englishversion française

The 3rd International Health Promotion Forum,

Geneva, WHO Salle C, 29 November 2013
Invitation (English – français)
Programme and presentations

Geneva, WHO Salle C, 29 November 2013

The 2nd Health Promotion Forum

CICG Geneva, Room 5-6, 20 November 2012 – 9:00-18:00
Programme booklet
Letter of invitation
Registration form

The Annual Health Promotion Forum

"From Local Knowledge to Health in All Policies"
Geneva, International Conference Centre. Friday, 18 November 2011

Geneva, International Conference Centre
Friday, 18 November 2011
Direction to meeting venue (CICG)


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