ILO Takes Part in High-Level Conference on Health Equity

At a High-level Conference on Health Equity that takes place 11-13 June in Slovenia, delegates discuss solutions to reduce health inequalities and accelerate progress towards better health, well-being and prosperity for all.

News | 14 June 2019
LJUBLJANA (ILO News) - The High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia, aims to provide evidence and information on the solutions  to reduce health inequalities and accelerate progress towards better health, well-being and prosperity for all in the European Region.

As it was noted at the conference, all countries in the region have strengthened the integration of the determinants of health into wider government policies and plans through multisectoral working groups and committees at all levels, from local to national. But changes in policies that affect health determinants such as work and social protection, often in response to the global financial crisis, have left more people at risk of income and employment insecurity.

This underscores the need to systematically ensure that social values such as solidarity, equity and inclusion have a place in the fiscal and growth decisions made within and between countries and by transnational bodies. The Conference also shows how countries can make real progress in reducing gaps in health and well-being. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has valuable experience to share in this regard.

Jasmina Papa, Social Protection Specialist at ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, made a presentation about social protection systems in the region.  Mikhail Pouchkin, ILO Senior Employment Specialist, presented a best practice example from Azerbaijan, one of the target countries  of the ILO Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS”.

As reiterated throughout the conference, the call to address health equity, gender equality and the right to the highest attainable standard of health has become more urgent. Equity in health is a fundamental value of the Health 2020 European health policy framework and is prominent in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which urges countries to leave no one behind.