Annual Meeting of the WHO European National Healthy Cities Networks

25–27 April 2018, Antalya, Turkey

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network is celebrating its 30 year anniversary in 2018, as well as preparing for the new phase of work of the network, Phase VII, which will be launched in January 2019. The political vision and work of this new phase is outlined in the Copenhagen Consensus of Mayors: Healthier and Happier Cities for All, which was adopted by over 40 mayors and 85 high-level city political representatives at the Summit of Mayors, in Copenhagen on 12–13 February 2018. Central to the Copenhagen Consensus are 6 themes, of which “place” is one: people, place, participation, prosperity, planet, and peace.

The Annual Meeting of the WHO European National Healthy Cities Networks will bring together political leaders and network coordinators to discuss, debate and shape the strategic implementation of the vision set out by the Copenhagen Consensus. The meeting will explore strengthening the synergy between national networks and national priorities, as well as sharing recent good practice between the networks.

Objectives

The meeting will have 4 key objectives:

  • to outline the strategic objectives for national networks in Phase VII;
  • to identify good practice and approaches to strengthening synergy and coherence between Member States and national networks as part of the implementation of Phase VII;
  • to identify models of governance and cooperation between national networks;
  • to share good practice and learning from Phase VI in light of the preparation for Phase VII, and specifically the expansion of the network and creation of new national networks.

Outcomes

The meeting will work towards 3 key outcomes:

  • input and contributions from national networks into the development of strategic objectives for national networks in Phase VII;
  • identified case studies of good practice on approaches to strengthening synergy and coherence between Member States and national networks;
  • identified examples of the different governance models for national networks and subregional networks of national networks.