WHO Healthy Cities Summit of Mayors

23-24 October 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan

On 23-24 October 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the WHO European Healthy Cities Network will hold an event that will bring together mayors and city political leaders from across the globe to discuss the role of cities in taking forward the legacy of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, including primary health care and universal health coverage.

The Summit is a pre-conference event ahead of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, which will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 25–26 October 2018. Participants will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, and recommit to strengthening primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Background

The year 2018 is both the 30th anniversary of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. The Declaration, signed at the International Conference on Primary Health Care held in Alma-Ata (now Almaty), Kazakhstan, in 1978, was the first international declaration to advocate for primary health care as the main strategy to achieve health for all.

Since then, strong primary care systems based in local communities have been recognized as essential to achieving health and well-being for all, as well as universal health coverage. The Declaration was also central to the founding of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

Now, 40 years on, the core values and principles of the Declaration still stand. These are entrenched within the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, most recently in the political vision for its next phase and in the Copenhagen Consensus of Mayors, which was adopted at the Summit of Mayors in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February 2018.

Objectives of the pre-conference event

The Summit aims to provide a forum for participants to:

  • discuss the role of cities, municipalities and regions in ensuring a focus on primary health care and achieving universal health coverage at the national level;
  • discuss the role of healthy cities in public health, equity and migration;
  • discuss the role of cities, municipalities and regions in continuing the legacy of the Declaration of Alma-Ata; and
  • agree a statement of support – the Almaty Acclamation of Mayors – to be presented at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care.

Expected outcomes include:

  • the adoption of the Almaty Acclamation of Mayors for presentation at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care;
  • consensus on the role of healthy cities in the achievement of universal health coverage and improved patient-centred primary health care; and
  • consensus on the role of healthy cities in addressing issues of public health, equity and migration.