INHPF Bangkok Declaration, Global Health Promotion

INHPF Bangkok Declaration

INHPF Declaration
to Advance Health Promotion
towards Equitable Well-being

at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations 2023
(20th INHPF Annual Meeting 2023)

at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Network
of Health Promotion Foundations 2023

(20th INHPF Annual Meeting 2023)

7-10 November 2023 | Bangkok, Thailand

The meeting aims to exchange best practices and lessons learned on health promotion movements; to foster collaborative partnership among members and partners of the INHPF; and to declare the collective commitment on advancing health promotion in the global health agenda.

Keys relevant to global goals and policies

Recalling The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986), which identifies five components of health promotion action and prerequisites for health, essentially suggesting a shift of focus from individual risk factors to addressing the context and implications of actions and the determinants that impact people.

Recalling also the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (2011), which identifies key actions for countries and global health partners to achieve greater equity in health and promote equitable access to goods and services essential to health and well-being.

Recalling further the Shanghai Declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2016), which urges leaders from all sectors and from different levels of governance to promote health and well-being in all the sustainable development goals.

Further recalling the Geneva Charter for Well-being (2021), which underlines the urgency of creating sustainable well-being societies and achieving equitable health without harming the health of our planet.

Recognizing that health is a basic human right and is essential for social and economic development. Increasingly, health promotion is being recognized as an essential element of health development. It is a process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Health promotion addresses the determinants of health so as to create a substantial health gain for the people, to contribute significantly to the reduction of inequities in health. Thus, Health promotion is a great investment and can make a difference for equitable health and well-being.

The INHPF Declaration

We, the members and partners of the INHPF, reaffirm that health is a cornerstone of sustainable development, and espouse health promotion as an essential component of a comprehensive public health strategy in order to advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

1. CALL ON the members of the INHPF:

  1. to mobilize sufficient and sustainable resources and infrastructure for health promotion;
  2. to raise awareness of the changing determinants of health to include social, environmental, cultural, commercial, economical, digital, political determinants;
  3. to accumulate knowledge on best practice and enable shared learning and its adaptation;
  4. to enable interventions aiming at enhancing and promoting healthy digital and media literacy and increase access to healthy digital technologies, particularly in vulnerable communities;
  5. to foster transparency and public accountability and trust in health promotion;
  6. to collaborate with international partners and organizations to share best practices, exchange knowledge, and coordinate efforts to promote health and well-being.

2. REQUEST all United Nations agencies:

  1. to promote, strengthen and support efforts to create sustainable resources and infrastructure for health promotion;
  2. to foster collaboration with international financial institutions and relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable financing for policies aimed at improving well-being and health;
  3. to strengthening the governance of well-being and assisting efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  4. to allocate more financial and intellectual resources for health promotion.

3. INVITE the governments:

  1. to develop multisectoral frameworks and plans with key actions to achieve equitable health and well-being;
  2. to develop legislation to enable both sustainable resources and infrastructure for health promotion;
  3. to create and expand social welfare systems and ensure adequate and sustainable financing, public transparency and accountability for their governance and financing;
  4. to accelerate progress towards sustainable development, universal health coverage and other health-related goals through the support of health promotion.

4. ENCOURAGE other relevant stakeholders,

including international organizations, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and local communities:

  1. to fostering and expand collaborative networks and multisectoral partnership on health promotion;
  2. to coordinate intersectoral actions on health promotion contributing to building resilient and equitable well-being society;
  3. to promote sustainable financing mechanisms for health promotion at all levels.