The 53 Member States agreed on a new common policy framework, Health 2020. Their shared goals are to “significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality”. (WHO/Europe)
The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health was adopted during the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 21 October 2011. The declaration expresses global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities. (WHO)
Big data and the associated emerging field of data science have been receiving much attention as potential new sources of information to help achieve sustainable development ― outside routine information systems, in official statistics, and to inform policy-making.
With a vision to integrate and harmonize health information systems and to make them more flexible to respond to the needs of policy-makers, WHO/Europe is exploring the opportunities that big data approaches may offer to public health.
Discussed at the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Budapest, Hungary, 11–14 September 2017. (WHO/Europe)
After receiving positive feedback from the Member States of the WHO European Region in June 2017, the Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission (EC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) discussed future joint collaboration on health information and reporting. In going forward, the three organizations agreed to a set of commitments aimed at reducing the number of data requests and collected indicators, where possible and appropriate. Discussed at the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Budapest, Hungary, 11–14 September 2017. (WHO/Europe)
Concept paper on Health 2020 prepared for discussion at the First Meeting of the European Health Policy Forum of High-level Government Officials, with proposals on the scope, form and content of Health 2020, including an annotated outline. Also offers proposals for country involvement and partnerships. (WHO/Europe)
Major public health challenges cannot be addressed effectively without coordinated action across sectors at global, European, national and local levels. The aim of this conference was to stimulate debate on this topic. (WHO/Europe)
Analysis of why policies and interventions to address the social determinants of health and health inequities succeed or fail, indicating important features of governance and systems for service delivery that increase the likelihood of reducing inequities. Presents a systems checklist for governance for health equity as a whole-of-government approach, which is intended for further discussion and as a framework to support countries in strengthening their governance for health equity in practice, through action on the social determinants of health. (WHO/Europe)
Study on governance for health in the 21st century, which tracks innovative collaborative governance mechanisms introduced in many policy arenas in the past decade to address priority determinants of health and summarizes them in five strategic approaches to smart governance for health. The mechanisms include joint actions of health and other sectors, public and private actors and citizens to achieve seminal changes in 21st-century societies. They include a new understanding of health and well-being as key features of a successful society and vibrant economy and the higher value placed on equity and participation. The study includes the structures and mechanisms that enable collaboration and outlines the new role of health ministers and ministries and public health agencies in this challenging policy environment. (WHO/Europe)
Report commissioned to support the implementation of Health 2020, building on the study on governance for health in the 21st century (above). The report gives policy-makers examples from around the world of use of whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches and tools to manage the complex policy process. The examples were selected to correspond to the four priority areas of Health 2020, with the following criteria: they provide useful lessons, often illustrate best practices, cover a wide variety of contexts and countries and, as far as possible, have been implemented and, ideally, evaluated. The aim is to contribute to the Health 2020 strategic policy objective of “improving leadership and participatory governance for health”. It is conceived as a living document that will be enriched with new examples and analysis. (WHO/Europe)
Describes the status of health, health-related behaviour and the social contexts of young people’s health in 2005–2006 and the latest evidence from a unique cross-national study of the well-being of young people in industrialized countries. (WHO/Europe)
Highlights some of the risk factors that put young people at increased risk, which are relevant to people of all ages. Such factors as speed, alcohol, not being conspicuous, not using crash helmets, seat-belts and child passenger restraints and road and vehicle designs that do not have inherent safety features built in increase the likelihood of serious road crashes. (WHO/Europe)