Curitiba Statement for Health Promotion and Equity

May 26, 2016

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To assure Democracy and Human Rights in all countries around the world

The Curitiba Declaration aspires to breathe a spirit of local and global commitment to democracy, equity, justice and assurance of social rights and health for all in an inclusive and sustainable world.

This Declaration represents the voice of the researchers, practitioners, social movement members and policymakers who participated in the 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, in Curitiba, Brazil, in May 2016. The Curitiba Declaration articulates recommendations of conference participants in relation to how we can improve people’s lives by strengthening health promotion and improving equity where we live and work in our cities and countries. .

We want to raise awareness by reminding that equity has been recognized as a pre-requisite for health and a key objective of health promotion for at least the past three decades. Inequity should be put as an unsustainable goal. As the process for creating the Sustainable Development Goals is completed, it is not possible to add the achievement of health equity as a separate goal.  Inequity should be an unsustainable goal

Participants of the 22th IUHPE World Health Promotion Conference appeal to themselves and to the global society in pursuit of a common agenda and solidarity bonds that unify forces that advocate the prioritization of democracy and human rights, essential conditions for the promotion of health and equity.

In this sense

  1. Austerity causes inequity. The right to health should not be treated as a commodity.
  2. We must recognize the threatening and hostile environment that we live in and the predatory practices of some corporations. A social system accelerated by capital accumulation and extreme wealth concentration is inconsistent with achieving equity goals.
  3. Governments should implement and enforce progressive income tax to address health equity.
  4. Governments should use innovative strategies that strengthen and protect the universal right to health and the well-being of the people of the world during financial crisis.
  5. The world calls for new processes to effective social participation and inclusion,
  6. Social actors are invited to engage in a critical reflection about their role as active participants in the exercise of citizenship.
  7. Health promotion is influenced directly and indirectly from politics and ideologies.
  8. Health promotion strategies require multiple emancipatory interventions.
  9. The local level exerts great transformative potential so it is imperative to mobilize and pressure local authorities to put health equity in their agendas.
  10. Research evidence should be used as an instrument for positive social change. We need science with compassion and with intercultural approach.
  11. Institutions should recognize their influence in changing and eliminating all forms of discrimination and exclusion.
  12. Health promotion plays a key role in the generation of enabling conditions and environments.
  13. Health promotion must recognize the potential and capacity along the life course.
  14. It is an ethical imperative to promote better and more transparent use of politics and power.
  15. Health promoters must work to assure ownership and agency with the people they work with.
  16. There is a need for better understanding of the threats and causes the affect the so called vulnerable populations.
  17. It is important that the health sector is ready to learn, not simply to lecture to other sectors
  18. Health promotion is not viable without these four basic principles: equity, human rights, peace and participation.

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