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.