Annual Healthy Cities Business and Technical Conference 2013 - Innovation through leadership and shared governance for health and well-being

Theme: Innovation through leadership and shared governance for health and well-being

Izmir, Turkey, 20–22 September 2013

The City of Izmir, Turkey, hosted the Fifth Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference
of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy
Cities Networks in Phase V (2009–2013) on 20–22 September 2013.

The overarching theme of the Conference was innovation through leadership and shared
governance for health and well-being. This theme was explored through three main strands in the
main plenary sessions: health in all local policies; building resilient communities; and
considering the implications of new compelling evidence on the economics of public health.

The Conference emphasized innovation and leadership by drawing on the most recent evidence
and experience from across the WHO European Region and beyond. It focused on Europe’s new
health policy framework, Health 2020. Healthy Cities helped to shape this key document, which
will guide Healthy Cities through its new phase of action. The Conference also drew on the
outcomes and conclusions of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion – Health in All
Policies, which was held in Helsinki, Finland on 10–14 June 2013.

The objectives of the Conference were:

  • to share and learn from the best available evidence together with innovative and practical
    approaches on shared and smart governance for health, equity and well-being at the local
    and regional levels;
  • to broaden understanding of the consequences of austerity – vulnerability and health and
    opportunities for strengthening public health and investing in resilient communities;
  • to explore mechanisms for establishing dialogue with the private sector; and
  • to start the process of evaluating Phase V and to launch and explain the content and goals
    of Phase VI.

The Conference gave priority to the Phase V evaluation process and the official launch of the
Phase VI package.