Final Report on the Development of the Okanagan Charter : An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities & Colleges Black, Tara; Stanton, Alisa
This report summarizes the activities undertaken by the Charter Working Group in the development of the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. This includes processes prior to, during and following the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges: 10 Years after the Edmonton Charter. The Charter was co-designed as an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Institutions of Higher Education. The Charter development process engaged researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy makers from 42 countries. The first draft of the Charter was based on input from over 200 people through a pre-conference survey and expert interviews as well as a review of existing Charters and Declarations. At the conference, with support of a writing team, 375 delegates critiqued and refined the Charter in a design lab and dialogue sessions. Delegates were invited to bring forward into the Charter development, ideas from the multiple plenaries and concurrent sessions that comprised the scientific program. On the final Conference day, higher education leaders and delegates, including network and organization representatives, signed a Pledge to bring the Charter back to their settings to inspire and catalyze further action towards the creation of health promoting universities and colleges. Representatives from the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization joined the Pledge. Through the ongoing dissemination and use for the Charter in higher education, network building and future conferences, our hope is that health promotion in higher education settings will be advanced internationally.
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