WHO European Healthy Cities Network
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network consists of cities around the WHO European Region that are committed to health and sustainable development: more than 90 cities and towns from 30 countries. They are also linked through national, regional, metropolitan and thematic Healthy Cities networks. A city joins the WHO European Healthy Cities Network based on criteria that are renewed every five years.
Each five-year phase focuses on core priority themes and is launched with a political declaration and a set of strategic goals. The overarching goal of the current Phase V (2009–2013) is health and health equity in all local policies. The three core themes are:
- caring and supportive environments
- healthy living
- healthy urban design.
Phase V is supported by the Zagreb Declaration for Healthy Cities.
Healthy Cities is a global movement, with networks established in all six WHO regions.