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IUHPE 70: Celebrating 70 years of advancing global health promotion

IUHPE commemorates an important anniversary in 2021, marking 70 years since its foundation. We will celebrate the leadership role played by IUHPE in shaping global developments through strategic actions on progressing health promotion policy, practice and research in collaboration with our global network of members and partners. We invite you to join us in this celebration!

This is a significant milestone in the life of the organization. It affords an important opportunity to reflect on the advances made in health promotion globally over the last 70 years and to advance debate and dialogue on future directions. The 70th anniversary also provides a strategic space to consider how we can expand the reach of the organization and ensure that it is well positioned to provide strategic leadership in advancing health promotion over the next 70 years. We will continue to advocate for the strengthening of health promotion systems that lead to enabling structures, processes and enhanced capacity for the implementation of health promotion.

In celebrating the 70th anniversary, there are a range of activities planned over this year, including a webinar series, regional celebratory events and conferences, and a special publication of Global Health Promotion. Learn more about the 11th IUHPE European Regional Conference “Health Promotion: Transformative action in a changing Europe” (15-16 June 2021), the special anniversary event taking place on its second day (see below), and the 6th International Conference on Salutogenesis “Advancing Salutogenesis towards thriving Societies” (17-18 June 2021).

Information on all the anniversary activities is available below. Click on the title of the event!


IUHPE 70 - Share your message!

IUHPE would like to invite you to send us a message in whatever format you wish: a short reflection, a photo of an event, a video testimonial, or a happy birthday song! 

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WEBINAR SERIES: Participate in discussions with IUHPE board members, IUHPE Global Working groups, and networks

The IUHPE 70 webinar series aims to celebrate this significant milestone for our organisation by sharing timely and relevant knowledge for the global health promotion community and the rest of society, and to both draw attention and call for collective and individual action on current global challenges.




3 December 2021, 11 am AEDT, 1pm NZDT

Looking Back, Looking Forward: IUHPE 70th Anniversary webinar for the Southwest Pacific Region (SWPR)

Moderator: Dr Viliami Puloka (VP, SWPR and Pacific Island/Tongan Indigenous perspective), supported by Eva Neely (Co-Director, SWPR)

Speakers: Dr Mihi Ratima, Dr Rosmarie Erben, Professor Vivian Lin, and Professor Evelyne de Leeuw 



The founding of IUHPE in the mid-20th century coincides with the proposed start date for the Anthropocene epoch. In just a few generations, humanity as a whole has become a force in nature that is undermining and unbalancing Earth’s natural systems.

Since these natural systems constitute the most fundamental ecological determinants of health, undermining them is a profound threat to health, and an existential threat to modern civilisations and human survival. Continuing with business as usual for another 70 years is unthinkable – a public health disaster to which COVID-19 would pale by comparison. This means that addressing the health implications of the Anthropocene is the greatest challenge for health promotion professionals in the 21st century.

This webinar will reflect on the last 70 years of health promotion, and then envisage the next 70 years by striving to define healthy and sustainable pathways. Building on an upcoming article by the Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health and Human Wellbeing, the webinar will embrace Indigenous framings. Central to their argument is the need for a new set of values which heed Indigenous worldviews and a renewed sense of spirituality to re-establish a reverence for nature.


ModeratorSione Tu’itahi is the Vice President of Communication on the Global Executive Board of IUHPE and the Co-Chair of  the IUHPE Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health and Human Wellbeing. Sione is the Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake I Te Hauora o Aotearoa. An educator, author and health promotion professional, his areas of interest in health promotion include determinants of health, human rights, community development, public policy, and workforce development.


Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and was the first leader of the Green Party of Canada in the 1980s. His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas: The relationship between human health and the natural environment (understood as health in the Anthropocene ) and linking the healthy and sustainable community approaches through the concept of a 'One Planet' region.

Professor Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. A public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Tony is a former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), and has previously held professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Australian National University. He is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, and the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Ms. Huti Watson is a Ngāti Porou/Tainui woman from Tairāwhiti and Hauraki. Proficient in Te Reo Māori, Huti believes that Māori principles, values and epistemologies are as relevant and important today for Māori as they were in pre-colonial times. Huti has a public health education background with a focus on health promotion, and a broad range of knowledge and skills across health, research and economic development. Huti holds tribal governance roles in the health, apiculture and farming industries, and is an advocate for Māori participation and self-determination in genetic research across those activities. Currently, she is working in a new role as Chair for establishing a national group to develop mechanisms for implementing Māori governance over Māori genomic data.

Dr. Mojgan (Mo) Sami is an Assistant Professor of Health Equity at California State University Fullerton in the United States.  She studies the nexus between urban planning, health, and climate change with a focus on equity and justice; and currently serves on a special global working group for Planetary Health with the International Union for Public Health and Education (IUHPE), and advises the International Environment Forum on health equity.

Places are limited. We will accept participants on a first come, first serve basis on the day of the webinar.



TBA (2022), Webinar organized by IUHPE Global Working Group Health Impact Assessment



All past webinars are available for later viewing on our YouTube channel. 


3 March 2021, A critical reflection on health promotion policy, research and practice

Moderator: Prof. Margaret Barry,

Speakers: Prof. Louise Potvin and Prof. Stephan Van den Broucke.

Watch the recording


22 April 2021, Applying Salutogenesis for Health Promotion

Weinar organized by IUHPE Global Working Group on Salutogenesis

Moderator: Ms. Laura Bouwman,

Speakers: Prof. Georg Bauer, Dr. Adi Mana, Prof. Paolo Contu and Dr. Ruca Maass.

Watch the recording


28 April 2021, Health promotion in the context of a pandemic (in French Promotion de la santé en contexte de pandémie)

Webinar organized by RÉFIPS

Moderator: Sarah Chaput,

Speakers: Dr. Mathieu Roy and Mélissa Généreux.

Watch the recording (webinar in French)


20 May 2021, The way forward for health promotion: the case of Health Literacy and Covid-19

Webinar organized by IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Literacy

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Pleasant,

Speakers: Prof. Gill Rowlands, Prof Diane Levin-Zamir, Dr. Susie Sykes and Dr. Orkan Okan.

Watch the recording


2 September, How Healthy Settings Provide Opportunities for Responses to Current Global Challenges

Webinar organized by IUHPE Global Working Group on Healthy Settings.

Moderator: Ms. Marilyn Rice,

Speakers: Prof. Mark Dooris, Prof. Albert Lee , Mrs. Irma Brito and Dr. Michelle Baybutt.

Watch the recording


7 October, Sustainable Cities for Health Equity

Webinar organized by IUHPE Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health

Moderator: Dr. Ankur Singh,

Speakers: Professor Hannah Badland, Dr. Priya Balasubramaniam and Dr. Gerry Eijkemans.

Watch the recording