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1986 Ottawa charter for health promotion

The first international conference on health promotion, Ottawa, 21 November 1986, was primarily a response to growing expectations for a new public health movement around the world. Discussions focused on the needs in industrialised countries, but took into account similar concerns in all other regions.

It built on the progress made through the declaration on primary health care at Alma Ata, the World Health Organization's targets for 'health for all' document, and the recent debate at the World Health Assembly on intersectoral action for health.

The final declaration provided a definition of health promotion, listed prerequisites for health and described what it termed 'health promotion action'. The participants also pledged a commitment to health promotion and called for international action.


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