WHO European Healthy Cities Network Summit of Mayors
12–13 February 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
The summit brings together political leaders from across the European Region and beyond. It will be attended by 43 mayors and 85 other political representatives. Participants will discuss how placing health and well-being at the heart of urban development can ensure it is equitable and sustainable.
Socially, culturally and politically, cities are more important than ever before. Within a complex world of many levels of government, numerous sectors working towards similar goals, and a broadening range of stakeholders involved in the pursuit of health and well-being, cities are uniquely placed to provide leadership.
The summit will culminate in the adoption of the Copenhagen Consensus, which affirms political commitment to the role of cities in creating a healthier and happier future, and acts as a political mandate for the Network.
The Copenhagen Consensus is based on eight key pillars:
- We commit to take action together to improve the health and well-being of all who live, love, learn, work and play in our cities.
- A healthy city leads by example, by emphasizing a human focus in societal development and by prioritizing investment in people to improve equity and inclusion through enhanced empowerment.
- A healthy city leads by example, with the social, physical and cultural environments aligned to create a place that is actively inclusive, and facilitates the pursuit of health and well-being for all.
- A healthy city leads by example, by ensuring the participation of all individuals and communities in the decisions that affect them and the places in which they live, work, love and play.
- A healthy city leads by example, by striving for enhanced community prosperity and strengthened assets through values-based governance of common goods and services.
- A healthy city leads by example, by promoting peace through inclusive societies that focus on places, participation, prosperity and the planet, while putting people at the centre of all policies and actions.
- A healthy city leads by example, by ensuring that the protection of the planet is at the heart of all city policies, both internal and external.
- We commit to act collectively with other cities in both the WHO European Region and globally, through a focus on people, participation, prosperity, planet, places and peace, for the health and well-being of all, to meet the urgent and transformative demands of the 2030 Agenda.
European Region cities represented at the summit include Almaty, Amaroussion, Astana, Athens, Bayindir, Belfast, Berlin, Bishkek, Bonn, Borås, Brussels, Bucharest, Burdur, Bursa, Copenhagen, Lolland, Prague, Rijeka, Tirana and Zagreb.
African cities include Abidjan, Brazzaville and Mindelo.