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WHO - EB 148 - EU Statement: Item 16. Social Determinants of Health

Geneva , 22/01/2021 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 210125_3
Statements on behalf of the EU


Director General,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia[1], Montenegro[1], and Albania[1], the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this statement.

We thank the secretariat for their report and Peru for their leadership in advancing the resolution on social determinants of health. COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of addressing inequities, with lockdowns, social isolation, school attendance absence and other measures affecting the poorest and those in high risk of fragility. Social determinants in general, but especially in this pandemic and subsequent post-pandemic period, have and will have a strong impact on risk, including vulnerability, exposure, capacity, accessibility, and thus on human health and related health inequities.



The European Union and its Member States are proud to co-sponsor this resolution as we believe that reducing health inequity through addressing social determinants of health will be critical in reaching the triple billion targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

To do this effectively we need to focus on the most relevant determinants including age and gender related determinants, understand what sectors need to be involved and who governs these determinants, and understand how to address them to contribute to health equity. The report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Heath from 2008, all-for-equity and health-for-all global actions and the process outlined in this resolution will guide us in this work.

The Sustainable Development Goals have in many ways revived the agenda on social determinants of health and the Rio Declaration, and also provide a framework for monitoring progress on addressing social determinants of health. We welcome the work to be initiated by this resolution, but effective action at country level will also require the efforts of Member States, individual UN organisations as well as multi-sectoral collaboration across the UN system.

Thank you.


[1] The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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