The WHO Healthy Cities project is a global movement. It engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network consists of cities around the WHO European Region that are committed to health and sustainable development: more than 90 cities and towns from 30 countries. They are also linked through national, regional, metropolitan and thematic Healthy Cities networks. A city joins the WHO European Healthy Cities Network based on criteria that are renewed every five years.

Each five-year phase focuses on core priority themes and is launched with a political declaration and a set of strategic goals. The overarching goal of the current Phase V (2009–2013) is health and health equity in all local policies. The three core themes are:

·caring and supportive environments

·healthy living

·healthy urban design.

The primary goal of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network is to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments. Health is the business of all sectors, and local governments are in a unique leadership position, with power to protect and promote their citizens’ health and well-being. (http://www.euro.who.int)

Project management is carried out by the Healthy Cities and Urban Governance Centre that is an organization department of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Head of the Healthy Cities and Urban Governance Centre and Director of the Healthy Cities project is Dr. Agis D. Tsouros.

Contact information:

Agis D. Tsouros, M.D., Ph.D, Regional Adviser, Healthy Cities and Urban Governance, Head, Centre for Urban Health, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Address: 8 Scherfigsvej, Copenhagen DK-2100

Phone: +45 3917 1509

Fax: +45 3917 1860

E-mail: ats@euro.who.int

Technical director of the Healthy Cities and Urban Governance Centre is Ms. Connie Petersen.

Contact information:

Ms. Connie Petersen, Healthy Cities and Urban Governance WHO European Centre for Urban Health, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Address: 8 Scherfigsvej, Copenhagen DK-2100

Phone: +45 3917 1479

Fax: +45 3917 1860

E-mail: infowhohcp@euro.who.int, cop@euro.who.int

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