Bucharest becomes Romania’s first healthy city

WHO/Teodor Pricop

From left: Raed Arafat, Ministry of Internal Affairs; Cassandra Butu, WHO Country Office, Romania; Agis Tsouros, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO/Europe; Victor Olsavszky, Head of WHO Country Office, Romania; Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest; and Tania Radulescu, Bucharest City Hall, celebrating Bucharest’s entry to the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

On 29 August 2014, Bucharest, the capital city, joined the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Bucharest is the largest city in Romania, with about 2 million inhabitants. During an event organized by Bucharest City Hall, the mayor, Dr Sorin Oprescu, expressed the local council’s commitment to placing health at the core of urban development.

Dr Agis Tsouros, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being at WHO/Europe, presented Bucharest’s certificate of membership on behalf of the WHO Regional Director for Europe. He commended the city for its achievements so far and praised local authorities’ commitment to improving health and well-being for all.

Dr Oprescu announced three intersectoral initiatives in Bucharest:

  • investing in educational infrastructure and expanding the health-promoting-schools approach;
  • preserving and increasing green spaces (green Bucharest); and
  • encouraging physical activity by developing a network of bicycle lanes.