Urban health

Two thirds of the population of the European Region live in towns and cities. Urban areas are often unhealthy places to live, characterized by heavy traffic, pollution, noise, violence and social isolation for elderly people and young families.

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Healthy cities of the European Region adopt the Belfast Charter, ushering in a new phase of commitment

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network officially adopted the Belfast Charter for Healthy Cities at the conclusion of the International Healthy Cities Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The Charter ushers in a new phase of action for the Network, committing members to fostering health and well-being and reducing inequalities.

Healthy Cities

WHO Healthy Cities is a global movement. It engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects. Nearly 100 cities are members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, and 30 national Healthy Cities networks across the WHO European Region have more than 1400 cities and towns as members.

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Policy resources

WHO Member States in the WHO European Region have made various commitments on a range of issues including strengthening health systems, addressing the obesity epidemic, controlling the noncommunicable diseases epidemic and preparing to deal with the effects of climate change.

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