Annual meeting of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, Turku, Finland

18–21 October 2006

Local governments for health development

The meeting was linked to the Finnish Presidency of the European Union. The programme was structured around four thematic strands:

  • progress and innovation across Europe implementing work on healthy ageing, healthy urban planning, health impact assessment and physical activity;
  • making cities creative, inclusive and socially active;
  • addressing the health needs of migrant people; and
  • developing the evidence base of healthy city work across Europe.

About 350 invited participants attended, including mayors and senior city politicians and officials, city and national network coordinators, public health professionals and urban planners, researchers and media representatives. The WHO European Healthy Cities Network was expected to have 65 members by October 2006.