Launch of the Sustainable Health Equity Movement

Sustainable Development Goals
Watch the video recording of the webinar

The Sustainable Health Equity Movement was officially launched on 02 July 2020, when a webinar put the spotlight on the unacceptable global health inequities that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, hosted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s zoom platform, was attended by 1271 registered participants from over 100 countries, and featured WHO Directore General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, IAP President Volker ter Meulen, and other world-leading researchers, activists, and experts from all over the world.

Moving forward, we all have a responsibility to continue working on health equity and sustainability at all levels. We call on all of you to engage in concrete actions during the pandemic and beyond. We invite you to share with us your stories to post on our website : scroll down and find the tab on : “Share your story”.

We will reach out to you soon for your help  to create interactive forums and to develop a participatory governance for our movement,  to make sure there is input from as many voices as possible.

reads a note by the members of the Sustainable Health Equity Movement Interim Steering Committee Adriano Friganovic, Bettina Borisch, David Chiriboga, Juan Garay, Karol Rojas, Laetitia Rispel, Luiz Augusto Galvao, Luis Eugenio de Souza, Michael Marmot, Paulo Buss, Rocío Sáenz Madrigal, Sebastián Tobar and Volker ter Meulen.

IAP is among the organisations that on 21 April 2020 sent an Open Letter to H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The letter called for a comprehensive, global ethical response to the pandemic, based on the ethical principle of equity to support for the most vulnerable populations worldwide, in addition to voicing strong support for the actions of the UN and WHO’s leadership in combating the COVID-19 pandemic (to join the movement and/or endorse the letter fill in this form, for further information contact Sebastian Tobar at

The video recording of the webinar is available below (if you want, you can jump to Volker ter Meulen's presentation at 48:18 by clicking here):

Here you can find our live-tweet of the launch:

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