Sustainable Development Goals - how can we address them through public health action?

Organiser: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Moderator: Anna Cichowska Myrup, Programme Manager Public Health Services, WHO Regional Office for Europe

The Roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being sets out five interdependent strategic directions:

  1. Advancing governance and leadership for health and well-being;
  2. Leaving no one behind;
  3. Preventing disease and addressing health determinants by promoting multi and intersectoral policies throughout the life-course;
  4. Establishing healthy places, settings and resilient communities;
  5. Strengthening health systems for universal health coverage.

This session takes place in the year 2030 and looks back at what has happened since 2018 to implement the SDGs successfully (using the 5 strategic directions as a framework).   

What were the key decisions that were taken by policy-makers and which partnerships made it happen? What ways of working did we adopt and how did we manage the necessary changes?

Three professionals (representing an international health organization, a city council and a research institute) reflect on the year 2018 and how their work, in partnership with other sectors, has shaped the future we are now in.

The session will start with a welcome and framing by a moderator. Then presentations will follow: brief introduction to the European SDGs implementation roadmap, and three stories reflecting the actions in the year 2018 that shaped our future. A reflection from the key note listener is also planned.


  • Bettina Menne, Coordinator Sustainable Development and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe
  • Charlotte Marchandise, Elected member of the City Council of Rennes, France
  • Nancy Fullman, Scientific Advisor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Seattle, USA
  • Hans Kluge, Director Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe