Health promotion perspectives and

approaches related to climate change



We are pleased to offer a new training activity for health promotion practitioners, developed and offered with the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal (ESPUM), Canada



Description of the course

This course aims to provide continuous education of health promotion professionals. It includes three modules presented by four trainers with expertise in the field of climate change with relevance for health promotion. The course supports the development of the health promotion competencies underlying the IUHPE accreditation system.


  • Gain a better understanding of climate change impact on health promotion field, as well as innovative responses and perspectives for health promoters to emphasize transformative action.
  • Learn on core competencies in health promotion based on concrete experiences and case studies from less known contexts of low-and-medium income countries in various regions of the world.
  • Reflect on the applications of core competencies in health promotion practice in various settings (policy making, community mobilization, environmental action).


The training will be presented live, online, through the professional education platform of Université de Montréal to a global audience. Registered participants will connect to Zoom classroom.

The presentation language of the training is English.


The participants are professionals working in the health promotion field and interested in issues related to climate change. The maximum capacity is 45 participants.


The intended duration is of 2-3 h / module, for a total of 9 hours for the whole training course.

Certificate of participation

The participants will receive a certificate, delivered by IUHPE, upon the completion of the entire course (all 3 modules) and the evaluation. This certificate is recognized by the IUHPE Global Accreditation System and can be combined with other education and training to complete an application for registration as health promotion practitioner.

Evaluation of the training

The evaluation includes a short evaluation of the course (questionnaire to measure satisfaction with the various aspects of the course), as well as a reflexive exercise (500 words on the applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired in the training to their own practice). Both will be due in the two weeks following the final module.


Registration is mandatory. To register, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating:

  • The title of the online course (Health Promotion and Climate Change)
  • Your full name
  • Country of residence
  • Main affiliation (if any – e.g. your employer).

You will receive by email the confirmation of your registration and the login details.

Participation in the course is free of charge for IUHPE members and for participants from low-and middle-income countries. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO PARTICIPANTS FROM LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES, should registration numbers exceed the maximum. If you reside in a high-income country, IUHPE membership will be required (once your participation is confirmed) to help support training initiatives accessible to all.

High-income countries: Categories H, I and J of this table.

The deadline for registration is January 15, 2024


A full description is available here


IUHPE is pleased to share the most recent contribution from its Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health, approved by the IUHPE Executive Board, following its meeting on May 18, 2023.


Read the full Position Statement - Planetary Health Promotion and Indigenous World Views and Knowledges.


A background paper with additonal content is also available.



IUHPE is saddened by the recent passing of Ian Young. We share tributes from those who knew and worked alongside him and extend our condolences to his loved ones.


Ian Macrae Young: MBE: A Tribute


It was with great sadness that I and Ian’s many friends and colleagues learned of his death on 19 July 2023. 


Ian was perhaps best known and respected for his leadership and pioneering work in developing the concept of the health promoting school, and indeed in its implementation.  This began to take form when he was Education Adviser at the Scottish Health Education Group and in 1986 organised with the European Office of the WHO the first International Conference with this as its theme.  Ian had a strong belief in the value and central role of education and schools in the healthy development of young people as is apparent in his editorial for a Global Health Promotion Journal  edition in 2005, and is reflected in the frameworks he created. That so much progress has been made in subsequent years is testament to his own work and that of colleagues who joined him.  In the latter stages of his career at NHS Health Scotland he led the organisation’s international programme and his lifetime’s work was rewarded by being made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2008.


Ian’s creativity was clearly evident in his publications, training programmes and manuals.  But those who participated in conferences he organised would also be very aware of his musical talents.  His guitar and sometimes banjo would often accompany him to these events.   His solo performances and leading of more communal singing provided an enjoyable and memorable social dimension, some time before the more recent recognition of the benefits of community choirs! 


His creativity extended to his skills as a photographer, with an extensive portfolio of work. He had a background in ecology and the biological sciences, and many of his photographs featured Scottish landscapes reflecting his understanding of and respect for the natural world.


Ian’s achievements and talents will be well recognised by those who worked with and knew him.   But above all else I will remember him as a wonderful individual who was good fun, great company, caring, thoughtful and generous – a privilege to have known as colleague and friend.


If you would like to hear (again or for the first time) Ian’s musical talents I recommend listening to the title track of his CD Time and Tide (


Graham Robertson

Past President IUHPE (2016-2019)


A tribute to Ian Young written by former WHO staff members Vivian Barnekow and Erio Ziglio


On 19 July, the day before his 77th birthday, Ian Young passed away in his beloved Scotland, surrounded by the love of his family, wife Anne and their sons Kenneth and Finlay, and their grandchildren.

Ian is someone you don't forget. We have lost an outstanding scientist, great human being and a unique friend. Everyone who met Ian remained enchanted by his charm, kindness and generosity, and impressed by his work expertise and academic achievements.  


His scientific knowledge ranged from biology and botany to medicine and public health. Ian was a greatly talented man: as well as being an admired musician, composer and songwriter, he was also a renowned and much published photographer who specialised in capturing images of nature and breathtaking Scottish landscapes. Ian was all this and much, much more: a unique, caring, special human being.


On a scientific level, Ian left a legacy in several domains. His contributions to the initial concept of Health Promoting Schools and the practical action needed to build them has no equal. Ian helped many of us learn what a Health Promoting School is really about.


Many people in WHO had the good fortune to work with Ian. He was a dear and committed colleague, and a caring mentor. David Rivett, for example, remembers his cooperation with Ian in disseminating the content and expanding the network of Health Promoting Schools in Europe. David recalls: “I first came across Ian in the late 1980s when I was working in London on young people's issues and later when I was responsible for the HPS and the meetings with the UK regions. His energy, expertise and experience was legendary. I remember how greatly he was admired by the HPS teams in the former Soviet republics for his training skills and publications”.


Erio Ziglio worked with Ian since the very early development of the Health Promoting School. He recalls: “I could always rely on Ian’s outstanding capacity to bridge scientific concepts with practical action. On so many occasions, when approaching a difficult decision or preparing to go on a complex country mission, I found myself thinking, ‘I had better call Ian …’”.


Another WHO colleague, Vivian Barnekow, worked with Ian on planning and conducting the first three European conferences on Health Promoting Schools, as well as a series of evaluation workshops – breaking new ground again. She says: “Starting from our joint work based on the Health Promoting Schools concept, we moved beyond the school setting into more broadly formulated child and adolescent health strategies across Europe. He has truly influenced policies and action in Europe within these areas of work.”


Ian’s emphasis and commitment was always on the children’s side. Teachers, parents and the wider community were seen as key supporters and resources for child development and well-being. For Ian, policies and programmes were conceived as a way of facilitating enabling roles to benefit children.


He was a strong advocate for children’s and adolescents’ rights, both in his homeland of Scotland and worldwide. He always had great confidence in young people’s abilities, given fair resources, access and support for improving their own health, well-being and for taking care of their natural and living environments.


Ian’s great sense of humour and his unmistakeable love of Scotland drew people to him. Over the years, so many of us from different parts of the world had the opportunity to be guests in his home. We shall never forget the warmth of his hospitality and the family and the musical evenings spent with him and his guitar.


Ian is, and always will be, one of our heroes: a true guardian of young people’s health.


Ian Young

Ian was one of the best advocates for Health Promotion not only within Europe but across many continents, his professional knowledge covered a wide range of topics but for many people he was a leading light in the field of Child and Adolescent Health.


The NHS in Scotland was fortunate to have Ian within its ranks and especially the National Health Promotion Agency which began life as the Scottish Health Education Group (SHEG). On the 1st October 1982 SHEG was designated a WHO Euro Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and Ian was at the forefront of the work programme along with other colleagues; this work continues to this day.


Ian was also a strong advocate and supporter for the Health Behaviour of School Children (HBSC) research study whose principal funder was the National Health Promotion Agency, latterly NHS Health Scotland now part of Public Health Scotland. This study has been in place for 39 years and has 51 States involved and to date had involved responses from over 200,000 children and young people.


On of Ian’s passions was the development of the future generations of Health Promoters which he pursued through work with the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Additionally in collaboration with two Professors from Rice University in Texas Ian hosted study visits based in Edinburgh for students from the University every couple of years. Not only did they cover the professional areas of work, but Ian ensured that Scotland’s history, especially music and culture, was included in the programme.


I knew Ian over a long period of time in various guises and I was fortunate to take over from him in NHS Health Scotland as head of the International Programme in 2008.  He left the most amazing files and documentation relating to his work and I benefited from that legacy.


Many people past and present within and beyond the world of Health Promotion, especially Child and Adolescent Health, will miss this man but know his work continues across the world.


David L Pattison

Former Head of International Development NHS Health Scotland.




IUHPE is pleased to share the most recent contribution from its Global Working Group on Health Literacy, approved by the IUHPE Executive Board following its meeting of September 27-29, 2023, in Montreal.


Read the full IUHPE position statement on health literacy: A practical vision for a health literate world, 2nd Edition.

For the 2023 edition of the WHO World Health Assembly, WHA76, IUHPE co-signed a Constituency statement, meaning a statement from a group of organizations in official relations with WHO.
IUHPE was represented in Geneva by Professor Didier Jourdan, IUHPE Vice-President for Administrative Affairs.