The 15th World Congress on Public Health will be a Festival of Public Health to engage researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, policy makers, industry representatives, students and stakeholders involved in public health from all over the globe.

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and it attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates.

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

Over the past year, several important events have taken place within the World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA). These include a very successful 14th World Congress on Public Health hosted by the Indian Public Health Association, the preparation for the 15th congress to be held in Australia, the WFPHA's 50th anniversary, the establishment of a new WFPHA working group on Women, Children and Adolescent Health, and the strengthening and establishment of new regional alliances of national public health associations. Moreover, in WFPHA strongly work in partnership with the World Health Organization to develop the A Global Charter for the Public's Health.

To learn more about these achievements and to find out all about our work during 2015, click here and take a look at our annual report. 

 

Michael Moore, VP/President Elect of the WFPHA and CEO of the PHAA, has been interviewed at Channel AsiaNew’s on WHO global burden of foodborne diseases. To see the video, click here.

Moving towards healthier people and a healthier planet

On 12 December 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP21),
leaders from around the world reached the first global agreement on climate change,
moving towards a future for a healthier planet, and healthier people.
 
The agreement reflects an ambitious aspiration to keep global warming “well below” 2° C, and its explicit references to health represent a milestone in recognizing the health impacts of climate change. These include reference to the “right to health” in the preamble. The “co-benefits” of climate mitigation for “adaptation, health and sustainable devel-
opment” are also recognized in the decision on “enhanced actions” to be taken prior to the year 2020.
 
“This agreement is a critical step forward for the health of people everywhere. The fact that health is explicitly recognized in the text reflects the growing recognition of the inextricable linkage between health and climate,” said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.
 
Click here for the full story and the COP- 21 agreement.
 
From WHO Public Health & Environment e-News