WHO/Europe has agreements with several Member States to work on urban health in the context of the health system.

Its work on urban health, however, centres on local governments across the WHO European Region through the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

An important aspect of the WHO Healthy Cities Network is that it focuses on the whole community, with its strengths and problems, rather than being established under single issues or diseases such as tobacco or cancer. As people working or living in cities are aware, however, certain health topics are of particular concern to the residents and therefore to the policy-makers of urban areas. WHO/Europe’s programmes and publications cover many of these topics.