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Waiora: Promoting planetary health and sustainable development

Waiora : promouvoir la santé de la planète et le développement durable

Waiora: Promover la salud del planeta y el desarrollo sostenible para todos

23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion.

XXIIIe conférence mondiale de l’UIPES sur la promotion de la santé

23ª conferencia mundial de promoción de la salud de la UIPES

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Published on Tuesday, June 05, 2018


The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, the IUHPE and their partners are looking forward to host this important global public health event, in Rotorua, New Zealand in April 2019. The aim is to provide an unparalleled opportunity to link and demonstrate the contribution of health promotion to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to acknowledge the way SDGs contribute to improvements in health and wellbeing.



The Global Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 7th to 11th April 2019. Participatory, collaborative and non-traditional session formats will be given priority in the selection process.

With 3000 delegates expected from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands, the wider Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Africa, it will be an invaluable forum for those in the sector to exchange knowledge and build networks, in order to:

  • share strategies, policies and practices;
  • present results and assess progress;
  • influence policy and bring about positive change; and
  • promote health and equity amongst all people.

Abstract Themes

The theme of our Conference is Waiora: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development. It is based on the traditional Maori concept of ‘Waiora.’ Translated literally as ‘healing and healthy waters,’ Waiora reflects the dependence of our own health on that of our planet, and recognises the major global challenge of balancing ongoing development with environmental stewardship. We encourage submissions to match the sub-themes of the Conference:

Health equity                            

Ensure health equity throughout the life course, within and among countries, making each member of the global society an empowered lifelong learner.

Inclusive habitats

Make all urban and other habitats inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and conducive to health and wellbeing.

Climate change adaptation strategies

Design and implement effective and fair climate change adaptation strategies.

Build effective, accountable and inclusive governance  

Build effective, accountable and inclusive governance at all levels that promotes, peace, justice and respect of human rights.

Important dates

  • Closing Date for Submission of Abstracts: 31 August 2018

  • Approximate date of acceptance of abstract: 22 October 2018

Submission Formats

Abstracts can be submitted in eight different formats:

  1. symposium, 
  2. workshop, 
  3. research oral/poster presentation, 
  4. innovation in policy and practice oral/poster presentation,
  5. round table discussion, 
  6. alternative showing/new technology,
  7. alternative showing/art, and
  8. lunch with an author.

All abstracts must be submitted through this online form. Abstracts can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Maori (the submission must be made in the language of the presentation at the Conference). 

During submission you will be able to select ONE submission format and ONE theme per abstract. Authors are welcome to submit multiple abstracts, however each abstract must be submitted for only one submission format and one theme.

For more information, please visit the IUHPE World Conference website: http://www.iuhpe2019.com/en-gb/call-for-abstracts.

Global Scientific Committee

  • Anna Matheson (Co-Chair)
  • Louise Potvin (Co-Chair)
  • Hiram Arroyo (Spanish Committee)
  • Natalia Carrillo Botero (IUHPE)
  • Shu-Ti Chiou (IUHPE Elected Board Members)
  • Meihana Durie (Vice-Chair)
  • Kira Fortune (PAHO)
  • Masamine Jimba (IUHPE Regional Vice Presidents)
  • Ginette Lafontaine (French Committee)
  • Marie-Claude Lamarre (IUHPE)
  • Evelyne De Leeuw (SMART Committee)
  • Diane Levin-Zamir (Heads of Global Working Groups)
  • Bengt Lindstrom (Vice-Chair)
  • Erma Mannoncourt (Heads of Global Working Groups)
  • Davison Munodawafa (IUHPE Regional Vice Presidents)
  • Michaela Pereira (PAHO)
  • Marguerite Sendall (AHPA)
  • Trevor Simpson (Indigenous Network)
  • Ankur Kumar Singh (IUHPE Student and Early Career Network)
  • Wendy Snowdon (WHO)
  • Sione Tu'itahi (Conference Chair)
  • Paula Vivili (Secretariat of the Pacific Community)


  • Rotorua Energy Events Centre - Queens drive
    Rotorua, New Zealand (3010 Rotorua)


  • Friday, August 31, 2018


  • health, promotion, equity, sustainable development, goal, planetary health


  • Patricia Dias da Silva
    courriel : pdiasdasilva [at] iuhpe [dot] org

Information source

  • Patricia Dias da Silva
    courriel : pdiasdasilva [at] iuhpe [dot] org


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To cite this announcement

« Waiora: Promoting planetary health and sustainable development », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, June 05, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/10a5

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