Public Health for the Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy
The global public health community will be meeting at a critical
time for our planet. Global temperatures lie far beyond historical
records and there are real fears that we are reaching a tipping
point. Threats to food and water supply, poverty and inequalities
are leading to mass migraton and conflict. Political structures, at
national, regional, and global levels, are struggling to respond.
International agreements on climate change, nuclear weapons and
much else, are being torn up. The Enlightenment view, that policy
should be shaped by evidence, is being rejected by some leading
politicians. At a time when global solidarity is required, populist
politicians are exploiting divisions.
The theme of the World Congress, Public Health for the
Future of Humanity: Analysis, Advocacy, and Action, reflects
our firm commitment that we, in the global public health community,
have an obligation to respond to these new circumstances. We must
make visible the threats to health, some of which are already
emerging. We must challenge and hold to account those with the
power to make a difference. And we must act, making real our
commitment to health in all policies.
We, as public health community, have much to contribute and much
to learn. As always, we will have many opportunities to share ideas
among ourselves, but this year we can enrich our experiences even
further, bringing a global perspective to our thinking. More about
the plenary programme here.
Don't miss the largest global public health virtual event in
2020. Register here. Registration will also give you
access to on demand webcasts and all e-materials for 14 days
following the Congress.
The 16th World Congress on Public Health is organised by the
World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in
collaboration with the European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
and the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public
In the time of the COVID-19 crisis, the World Federation of
Public Health Associations is hosting a photo contest to capture
pictures related to COVID-19 and the challenges of the pandemic in
different countries. The aim of the contest is to highlight the
role of public health during the crisis and to facilitate
appropriate communication and effective advocacy during and after
the pandemic. Photos need to be submitted by 30 June. See more here.