Healthy Cities Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference

Healthy Cities Leading by Example:
One Planet, One People, One Health

22–24 November 2022
UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network was launched in 1988 as a political, crosscutting and intersectoral initiative and movement that directly collaborates with cities across the WHO European Region. It is a crucial platform for bringing about change and achieving improved health, well-being and equitable and sustainable development in cities across the Region and globally. 

The theme and subthemes of the 2022 WHO European Healthy Cities Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference build on the Copenhagen Consensus of Mayors from 2018. The theme is Healthy Cities Leading by Example: One Planet, One People, One Health. The WHO European Healthy Cities Network welcomes the call to action of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development and will take forward the recommendation to operationalize the One Health approach at the local level and to intensify the conversation about the interaction between human, animal and environmental health in the context of Phase VII. The subthemes that will be explored in the parallel sessions as well as workshops include sustainable urban design, creating inclusive societies, healthy placemaking, lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, creating economies of well-being, migration and health and fostering coalitions for mental health for a healthier future.

A key strategic mechanism of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network is the annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference. These meetings bring together both political representatives and technical focal points from the WHO flagship cities and the national networks. The WHO European Healthy Cities Network comprises 88 flagship WHO cities and 18 national healthy cities networks, together having more than 1300 cities and municipalities as members in total.

This will be the third Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference to be held in Phase VII (2019–2025) of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

The meeting will be delivered as a hybrid conference and organized and coordinated by the Healthy Cities Secretariat in the Division of Country Health Programmes.

The meeting objectives are:

  • To demonstrate and learn from the practices of cities in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and national networks and the important contribution that healthy cities is making to improve health and well-being at the local and urban levels;
  • To learn about emerging issues and connect with new agendas when relevant and appropriate;
  • Healthy cities connecting with the outcomes of the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe at both the political and strategic levels, including specific commitments by mayors to the One Health approach;
  • For the Secretariat to report back on 2022 activities of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the planning of priority actions for 2023; and
  • To hold an election for vacant seats in the WHO European Healthy Cities Advisory Committee.

The expected participants will be:

  • Delegations from the city or municipality members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, which will include the mayor or lead politician, the coordinator and selected focal points identified to work on the meeting and Phase VII core themes;
  • Delegations from national healthy cities networks, which will include the political chair of the network, the coordinator, a representative of the health ministry and the regions and one or two observers from member cities;
  • Invited dignitaries, keynote speakers, resource experts and advisers; and
  • Representatives from European Region countries currently not involved in the Healthy Cities movement.

The WHO Healthy Cities Secretariat is looking forward to welcome you in Copenhagen!

UN-City Copenhagen