WHO Report: Closing the Gap in a Generation

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health 28 August 2008: In this report, subtitled “Health equity

through action on the social determinants of health,” the World Health

Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls for

closing the health gap in a generation and outlines the requirements for developing

solutions to the inequities between and within countries.

The Commission

recognizes the implications of climate change for the global health system and

its impact on the way of life and health of individuals and the planet. It

stresses the need to bring the health equity and climate change agendas

together and to balance the needs of social and economic development, health

equity and the urgency of dealing with climate change. Among its

recommendations, the Commission underscores the need to ensure that economic

and social policy responses to climate change and other environmental

degradation take into account health equity.

It also specifically notes that

climate change poses a significant challenge to the current model of

urbanization, with the current main greenhouse gas emissions being determined

mainly by consumption patterns in cities of the developed world, making

tackling climate change and reducing global health inequities interrelated. [The

Report] [The

Executive Summary]