Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being

Health 2020 is the new European health policy framework. It aims to support action across government and society to: “significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality”.

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Environment and health for European cities in the 21st century

With more than 80% of Europeans expected to live in urban areas by 2030, a rapidly ageing population and increasing migration to cities, urban, man-made environments have become the dominant environmental determinant of health and well-being.

Strategic objectives

  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Improving governance for health


Taking a participatory approach to development and better health. Examples from the Regions for Health Network (2015)

This publication documents the experiences of participatory approaches for development and better health taken by Region Skåne (Sweden) and three other regions, described in case studies.

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Priority areas

  • Life-course approach
  • Burden of disease
  • Health systems
  • Resilient communities
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The journey

Video: From Ottawa to Health 2020