A socially sustainable Malmö

In some parts of Malmö, people live nearly seven years longer than in other parts of the city, according to the Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö. To address these differences, the Malmö Commission published a report to reduce health inequities by tackling the underlying causes. The report was inspired by the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health and its publication, “Closing the gap in a generation”.

The local council of Malmö in the Region Skåne, Sweden, launched the Malmö Commission in 2010. It is one of the world's first local commissions for reduced health inequities. It began when differences in health were observed between different population groups and between different city districts in Malmö. The Malmö Commission worked for 2 years to assemble evidence, and propose evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities and improving the long-term living conditions for Malmö’s citizens.

Seminar series to work together across borders

Crossing Borders is a seminar series that continues the work done by the Malmö Commission. It aims to solve common societal challenges by focusing on 5 topics where health is a prerequisite for sustainable development:

  • children and youth – 30 January 2014
  • welfare – 25 February 2014
  • societal planning – 26 March 2014
  • social investments – 9 April 2014
  • implementation – 21 May 2014.

The seminars are held at Malmö University and are also available as webinars (in Swedish) online. The webinars have gained a great deal of attention all over Sweden with viewers as far north as Kiruna and as far south as Kristianstad. Reflection seminars are held after each seminar to discuss:

  • what was heard;
  • how to involve different work sectors;
  • how to move forward considering the challenges and possibilities presented.

Crossing Borders is hosted by Region Skåne in collaboration with Malmö city, Malmö University, the County Administrative Board of Skåne, the Swedish Healthy Cities Network and University West.