The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Building on our heritage, looking to our future, was held in Helsinki, Finland from 10-14 June 2013.
In her opening address, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said that one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion is the business interests of powerful economic operators. “It is not just Big Tobacco anymore. Public health must also contend with Big Food, Big Soda, and Big Alcohol.”
In a 2001 article entitled, The private sector, international development and NCDs, former ICN President Christine Hancock and colleagues, highlighted “the potentially key role that the private sector can and should play in preventing and managing NCDs in developing countries”.
The article concludes with a quote from Sir George Alleyne, director emeritus of PAHO: 'Few if any major health programmes with lasting impact globally have been successful without the involvement and active participation of the major social partners - the public sector, the private sector and civil society. Cooperation among them represents our best chance of surviving this tsunami of NCDs'. You can find more about ICN’s NCD programme here.
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