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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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020

Health ministers, experts and representatives of civil-society and intergovernmental organizations met in Vienna on 4–5 July 2013 to discuss policies on diet, nutrition and physical activity to address the issue of noncommunicable diseases.

Publications

Smart governance for health and well-being: the evidence

Governance for health describes the attempts of governments and other actors to steer communities, whole countries or even groups of countries in the pursuit of health as integral to well-being.

Healthy Cities

The WHO Healthy Cities project 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. About 90 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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