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Q. How is the CCSDH related to other international organizations and efforts?

The CCSDH supports the Public Health Agency of Canada as the Government of Canada lead on the implementation of the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (Rio Declaration) which seeks to reduce health inequalities. The Rio Declaration came out of a United Nations global conference on social determinants of health held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2011. Among the results of the conference was a non-binding agreement calling for collaborative action on social determinants of health.  This agreement, the Rio Declaration, was endorsed by United Nations member states, including Canada, and reflects the global view that health is influenced by many factors outside of health care systems. The Rio Declaration aligns with other similar United Nations efforts focused on improving global health including the 2011 UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

The CCSDH was originally created in 2005 to inform Canada’s contribution to another, earlier international effort on social determinants of health: the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health (the Commission).  With the completion of the Commission’s work in 2008, the group was then tasked with working to integrate lessons learned from the Commission into broader Canadian public policy and to mobilize action on the social determinants of health in Canada.  For more information on the Commission and its 2008 final report Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health see our links page.

For more information on national and international organizations and efforts regarding the social determinants of health see our links page.