International Making Place Conference and WHO European Healthy Cities Network Flagship Training: The Place Standard Tool

10–11 June 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

On 10 June 2019 in Glasgow, the first international conference on place and the Place Standard tool will be held by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture and Design Scotland, in partnership with the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

Place is an important element to the successful implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This conference supports the implementation of the WHO “Roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being”, which was adopted by all 53 European Member States at the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in September 2017, and specifically strategic direction 4, that focuses on establishing healthy places, settings and resilient communities.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network supports Member States in the implementation of the roadmap at the local level, through supporting the implementation of the “Place” theme of Phase VII (2019–2024) of the Network, as outlined in the political vision for the Network presented in the “Copenhagen Consensus of Mayors: Healthier and happier cities for all”.

In the context of these important advancements, the conference will bring together a wide range of organizations, technical experts, academics, city representatives from across the Network, WHO staff and key colleagues from the Place Standard Implementation Group and Board.

The conference will have 6 key objectives:

  1. to contribute to a common understanding across policy, organizational and professional boundaries of the concept of place in the context of improving health and reducing health inequalities;
  2. to increase place-based thinking among participants, through case studies, visits and applied learning opportunities;
  3. to support effective delivery through the sharing of effective practice and lessons learned with a focus on the delivery of the Place Standard tool model;
  4. to provide a forum to exchange knowledge, ideas and challenges, and an opportunity to establish new partnerships and working relationships;
  5. to celebrate, inspire and expand the application of placed-based working at a local, national, regional and global level;
  6. to announce a series of important developments to enable the practical delivery of lessons learned and new ideas and to cultivate emerging collaborations.

WHO European Healthy Cities Network Flagship Training: The Place Standard Tool

The International Making Place Conference will be followed by the WHO European Healthy Cities Network Flagship Training: The Place Standard Tool, which will take place on 11 June 2019. The Flagship Training will extend the conference objectives through a workshop format and provide a practical learning experience for international delegates.

The Flagship Training will have 5 key objectives:

  1. to explore the connection between place, health and health inequalities, and the Place Standard;
  2. to contribute to a better understanding of how to use the Place Standard;
  3. to build capacity and confidence to have a conversation about place through use of the Place Standard;
  4. to show and teach others how to use the Place Standard;
  5. to enable participants to determine if the Place Standard would be a suitable tool at a national, city and or neighbourhood delivery level.

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