Health Promotion Forum Wins Bid to Host World Conference in New Zealand backed by SPC

Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand – Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa (HPF) - is to host the next World Conference on Health Promotion.



The event’s theme is of particular relevance to the people of the Pacific islands and HPF has received a pledge of support from the Pacific Community for the event.

The theme of the triennial conference of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) is "Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All."

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has expressed his wish for a strong Pacific presence at the conference and has pledged the involvement of his Pacific-wide organisation to support this aim.

“This conference will be of great interest to those working in health, social development, sustainability and environmental protection,” says HPF Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi.

“People of the Pacific have already felt the effects of environmental impact on their islands, their economy and their wellbeing,” he says, adding that the conference will be of great interest to Pacific people.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator the Rt Hon Helen Clark has also pledged her organisation’s support as have influential New Zealanders including Sir Mason Durie, Rt Hon John Key, Hon Dr Jonathon Coleman, as well as tertiary institutes and key local Rotorua bodies.

Set to take place in Rotorua April 2019, the conference will receive 2,000-3,000 health promotion and education professionals from around the world.

Health Promotion Forum is the national umbrella organisation for health promotion in Aotearoa New Zealand. It also plays a leading role in the development of health promotion in the Pacific region and internationally.

IUHPE is an international organisation that leads the on-going advancement of health promotion in the world.