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European Public Health Week

13-17 May 2024


Health is a political choice!




Wednesday, May 15th - Planetary health: A glocal* approach

* a combination of global and local

We live in an interconnected world, where global issues profoundly affect local communities. Planetary health recognises that the health of our ecosystems directly impacts human health. Facing unprecedented environmental challenges, we must combine global and local efforts to find better solutions. The glocal approach is about catalysing change!

How can we empower communities to take ownership of their environmental destiny while fostering international cooperation to amplify the impact on the environment and health? How can we encourage local innovation to address global challenges? 


Daily partners

EUPHW's daily partner for Wednesday is the WHO Regions for Health Network. The daily partners and the supporting organisations develop and organise the kick-off event of each specific day.

Daily kick-off event - Webinar: The Strength of partnerships in designing health-promoting policies

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024; 10:00 - 11:00 CEST

Please use the following registration link to join this event.  Passcode: RHN2024!

This webinar is organised by the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN) and will feature individual presentations and a roundtable discussion. 

Health is not merely a personal endeavour; it's a political choice that shapes the well-being of entire societies. The WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN) recognizes this, emphasizing that political decisions, from resource allocation to policy-making, profoundly impact public health outcomes.

  • How do RHN members and partners identify priorities for action?
  • How can a variety of actors (local and regional authorities, university and research centres…) come together to support cross-sectoral action?
  • How can policymakers be supported towards creating environments that prioritize the well-being of all, ensuring a healthier and more prosperous future for everyone?


  • Introduction by Charlotte Marchandise, EUPHA Executive Director
  • Bettina Menne, Senior Adviser, Healthy Settings, WHO European Office for Investment for
    Health and Development
  • Moderator: Elisabeth Bengtsson, Senior Adviser in Public Health, Västra Götaland Region
  • Klara Dokova, Department of Social Medicine and Health Care, Faculty of Public Health,
    Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria
  • Dagur Eggertsson, Deputy Mayor of Reykjavik and member of WHO’s Healthy Cities Political
  • Eurgain Powell, Principal in Sustainable Development and Health at Public Health Wales,
    WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being
  • Camilla Ihlebæk, Professor in Public Health, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Viken
    region, Norway
  • Pablo García-Cubillana, Coordinator of the Andalusian Strategy for Promoting Healthy Lives,



These are sub-themes that give you ideas and stimulate your imagination. They do not limit the scope of the day's themes. If you are having doubts about which day you should organise your event, email us at and our team will be happy to help you.

  • Climate change and Health in COP29 in 2024
  • One public health and one health workforce
  • Urban and rural health: Cities and regions for public health
  • Innovative holistic approaches to prevent and control diseases
  • Health-for-All Policies: Empowering environment and climate actors

On route to Lisbon: Innovation focus

  • Innovation in planetary health, one health and global health
  • AMR: Where is the innovation?
  • Innovation in food systems
  • Green data, healthy planet: Healthcare data innovation for climate sustainability


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