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Launching a global network to promote a culture of prevention

12 September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

Launch-of-Culture-of-Prevention section

A new global network to promote a culture of prevention was launched during the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, in Istanbul, Turkey on 12 September, marking a new stage in international cooperation in the field of occupational safety and health.

The global network for a culture of prevention aims to provide a platform for cooperation to exchange knowledge and good practices to enhance a worldwide prevention culture, and is hosted by the Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) with the support of the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).

Istanbul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work

11 September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Declartion

The Istanbul Declaration was adopted at a Summit of Ministers meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 September 2011 prior to the XIX World Congress for Safety and Health at Work. It has been welcomed as an “important milestone” in the promotion of prevention at the workplace. The Istanbul Summit involved ministers from 32 countries.

The Ministers participating in the Summit stated their full and unconditional support to the background and objectives of the Seoul Declaration joining the original signatories in support of the Seoul Declaration. The Ministers also declared their commitment to take the lead in promoting a preventative safety and health culture worldwide, and to place occupational safety and health high in their national and regional agendas.

XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

11-15 September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

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XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will be held from 11-15 September 2011 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. The theme of this Congress will be “Building a Culture of Prevention for a Healthy and Safe Future”. For more information, please visit the official website:

Upcoming events for promoting the Seoul Declaration

Event list

The Joint Secretariat of the Seoul Declaration is pleased to announce that there will be at least 4 signing events in 2011, as well as a summit of the Ministers of Labour which will be held back to back with a symposium to promote the Seoul Declaration during the XIX World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey from 11-15 September 2011.

The 25th Turkish National Week on Safety and Health at Work

4 May 2011, Kayseri, Turkey


During the 25th Turkish National Week on Safety and Health at Work in Kayseri, Turkey on 4-6 May 2011, Kayseri Statement was concluded, in support of the Seoul Declaration, with the participation of the occupational safety and health institutions, organizations, vocational and non-governmental organization. The 25th National Week was hosted by the Directorate General of Occupational Health and Safety of Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Republic of Turkey.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work

world day for safety and health

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an international campaign of the ILO to promote safe, healthy, and decent work. The World Day is supported by the ISSA. The 2011 World Day focuses on the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents.

The 2nd Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work

3 February 2011, Dresden, Germany

2nd strategy Conference

The 2nd Strategy Conference in Dresden, Germany was held on 3-4 February 2011 to find the opportunity to explore how the various international strategies on safety and health at work could be better linked with one another and how implementation at the national level could be better coordinated. At the end of the first day, the delegates signed the Seoul Declaration to explicitly express their commitment to a worldwide prevention culture.

III International Forum of Prevention Culture

19-20.10. 2010, Gran Canaria/Tenerife, Spain

International forum for Prevention Culture

Organized by the International Observatory for Prevention Culture, the III International Forum on Prevention Culture in the Field of Occupational Safety and Health took place in Gran Canaria/Tenerife, Spain, 19-20 October 2010.