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Towards a Roadmap for Healthy Societies

Healthy societies and healthy populations


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In February 2020, Wilton Park and partners held a dialogue to explore the social, economic, and environmental determinants of healthy societies, the promotion of cross-sectoral approaches for better health and the prioritization of health in other sectoral policies and settings. The World Health Organization’s goal of improving the health and well-being of one billion people around the globe by 2023 provided the framing for the discussions, with the group exploring how to apply a proper response to building healthier societies.   

In partnership with the Government of Sweden and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO), Wilton Park are hosting a series of follow-up dialogues. The series aims to provide space and opportunities for groups and individuals with common interests to come together and explore what is needed to advance the healthy societies agenda, how this can be achieved, and the structures, networks and communities needed to lead this agenda in the years ahead.  

The first dialogues, held in April 2021, focused on the urgent actions and lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by four regional workshops with participants from Africa, Latin American and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and European and North American, exploring how to develop collective visions and narratives around healthy societies. The aim was to create space for voices from different regions, disciplines, and levels, promoting a circulation of ideas. The most recent dialogue took place in June 2021, building on prior discussions to explore the actions needed to achieve healthy futures through multi-sectoral approaches to sustainable health and well-being.  

The series aims to provide space for different groups and individuals with common interests to come together and explore what is required to achieve healthy societies and to stimulate a community to take this work forward in the coming years – together or through their own platforms. 

This virtual dialogue is the penultimate convening in the series, with a final in-person meeting to be held in 2022

In partnership with: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

Wilton Park reference number: WP1982V

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