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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Postal stamp commemorates 25 years of Healthy Cities

The government of Greece recently launched a postal stamp commemorating 25 years of the Healthy Cities movement.


City fact sheets: WHO European Healthy Cities Network

A compilation of facts about 100 cities in nearly 30 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region that were members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network in Phase V.

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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. Nearly 100 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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