Strong people’’s organisations and movements are fundamental to more democratic, transparent and accountable decision making processes. It is essential that people’’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights are ensured. While governments have the primary responsibility for promoting a more equitable approach to health and human rights, a wide range of civil society groups and movements, and the media have an important role to play in ensuring people’s power and control in policy development and in the monitoring of its implementation.

This Charter calls on people of the world to:

Build and strengthen people’’s organisations to create a basis for analysis and action.

Promote, support and engage in actions that encourage people’’s involvement in decision making in public services at all levels.

Demand that people’’s organisations be represented in local, national and international fora that are relevant to health.

Support local initiatives towards participatory democracy through the establishment of people centred solidarity networks across the world.