Czech cities and regions celebrate 25 years of working towards better health and well-being for their citizens


A participant stands with the inspirational messages “We know what we want” and “Together we are a great team”.

The Czech National Network of Healthy Cities celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual conference in Prague, Czechia, on 24–25 January 2019. To date, the National Network has over 130 members. The country’s deputy ministers for the environment, health, interior and regional development, as well as the WHO Representative in Czechia, took part in the celebrations.

The conference was an opportunity for 260 participants to share best practices and experience on how to build sustainable and healthy cities. It provided a platform for government representatives, members of parliament, academics, partners, civil societies and those working on the ground to come together and highlight successful projects and programmes. These focused on:

  • involving citizens in local governance;
  • engaging youth and senior citizens;
  • working locally with entrepreneurs;
  • ensuring fair and sustainable trade;
  • effectively managing municipalities;
  • protecting the environment and urban green spaces;
  • prioritizing care for cultural heritage and urbanism; and
  • promoting cycling tourism.

About the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Czech National Network of Healthy Cities

WHO Healthy Cities is a global movement working to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments.

For 30 years, the WHO European Healthy Cities Network has brought together some 100 flagship cities and approximately 30 national networks, including the Czech National Network. Their shared goal is to engage local governments in political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovation.

The Czech National Network was established in 1994 and received WHO certification in 1998. The Network is an important partner for the implementation of Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at municipal and regional levels.