National Healthy Cities Networks

These networks are the backbone of the Healthy Cities movement in Europe. They provide political, strategic and technical support to their members, represent a national resource of experience and expertise in health development and offer a dynamic platform for public health advocacy at the national and international levels.

Each national network is unique. Each develops in response to the needs of its member cities, according to the resources available and within its own cultural and legal framework.

National networks can support the development and implementation of country strategies for health promotion, noncommunicable disease prevention, and environment and health.

A common set of accreditation criteria for national networks and member cities provides a quality standard and a source of international legitimacy for all stakeholders in a national network. At present, there are national Healthy Cities networks in 30 countries in the WHO European Region, which bring together more than 1400 cities and towns.