The IUHPE’s core mission lies in making the case for effective health promotion and the development and implementation of healthy public policy. Our purpose is to influence and facilitate the development and implementation of health promotion knowledge, strategies and projects. Advocacy is one of the central strategies of the IUHPE to accomplish its mission and as such has a potentially large scope under which to work. 



Most recent:

  • People-Planet-Health, a position statement to support policy development on planetary health and wellbeing by the World Health Organization, December 2021.
  • Prise de position conjointe RÉFIPS/UIPES:. La promotion de la santé en temps de crise.
    En tant que réseaux internationaux en promotion de la santé, l'UIPES et le RÉFIPS se sont unis pour positionner le domaine de la promotion de la santé en cette période de pandémie.
    The document is also available in English
    Spanish and Italian.
  • A Health Promotion Focus on COVID-19. Keep the Trojan horse out of our health systems: Promote health for ALL in times of crisis and beyond!, EUPHA-HEALTH PROMOTION, IUHPE and UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education 

    The Health Promotion section of the European Public Health Association, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education share five talking points to contribute with a health promotion perspective to public health discussion on the implications of this pandemic.

    The document is available in English, FrenchItalian, Portuguese and Spanish 

  • COVID-19: Blending social determinants of health and intensifying existing health inequities. Statement of the IUHPE Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health. 
    The document is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.


A summary is available in English, French and Spanish.

Learn more about IUHPE's involvement in the preparation of the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs and read the IUHPE statements:

- delivered at the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (May 2019);

- prepared for the UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (September 2018);

- and the connected statement submitted to the UN Civil Interactive Meeting  (July 2018). 

 IUHPE position statement NCDS

This document was written by the IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Literacy. A summary is available in English and Spanish

Le document et le résumé sont disponibles en français.

Read this document together with the special issue on Health Literacy published in December 2018 in Global Health Promotion. It includes a wider discussion on Health Literacy and Health Promotion.


This document was written by the IUHPE Global Working Group on Health Impact Assessment

Le document est disponible en français.

A summary is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Read also: The special issue on Health Impact Assessment published in June 2017 in Global Health Promotion.

Health Impact Assessment (HIA): a tool for public decision-making towards healthy, sustainable and equitable choices. IUHPE guiding principles and recommendations for the implementation of HIA at the local level. The document is available in English and French.


Previous IUHPE positions:



The IUHPE continues to have a seat and a say in high level meetings and partnerships geared towards policy-making and best practices exchange and implementation in health promotion. We have been actively involved in/ recently contributed to: