Australian Pacific Healthy Cities Conference, 8-10 March, 2000
POLMET 2000 - 6th International Conference on Pollution in Metropolitan Cities
- Theme: Sustainable Urban Development In The New Millennium
Date: 20-23 March 2000
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Urban21 - Global Conference on the Urban Future
- Berlin (Germany), July 2000
International Healthy Cities Conference, Athens, Greece, 20-23 June 1998
- organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the conference aims at:
"mark and celebrate ten years of the WHO Healthy Cities project and the
growth of the Healthy Cities movement throughout Europe and the world;
debate and learn from the evaluation results and vast experience of cities,
towns, municipalities and communities which have been a part of the
European and global Healthy Cities movement;
formulate strategies and plans reflecting the new WHO health for all for the
21st century policy and the imperatives to implement Local Agenda 21; and
boost political commitment and appreciation at local, regional, national and
international levels for healthy urban development in the next century"
Anchorage Planning Office, Community Health Promotion Section
- works closely with the community to develop initiatives which prevent
disease and injury and increases the quality of life of the community
Case studies on "urban best practice"
- reproduced from the book 'Making Cities Work: The role of local
authorities in the urban environment', by Richard Gilbert, Don Stevenson and
Herbert Girardet, published by Earthscan, London 1996
Center for Sustainable Communities
- located at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA)
Center for Urban Policy and the Environment
- "part of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been in operation since May of 1992 on the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Campus. The Center brings together the resources of the university, the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and other campuses and schools throughout the state to to improve public policy discourse and decision making through service, scholarly publications, and applied research"
Center for Urban Studies
- launches a program called Urban Health Initiative which focuses on
enhancing the health quality of life for urban residents
Change Project: Healthy Cities / Healthy Communities
- a comprehensive collection of resource material on planning and
implementing healthy cities programs; it includes interviews with major players
in this particular field of health promotion (Len Duhl, Ilona Kickbusch, and
CityNet: Healthy Cities (USA)
- a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in Healthy Cities,
located at Indiana University School of Nursing
Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities (USA)
- "To stimulate and encourage collaborative action and efficient use of resources from multiple sectors and community systems. A primary focus of the Coalition is to promote the initiation, development and sustainability of initiatives that result in healthy people and healthy communities. We promote these initiatives at the local, regional, state and national levels-- particularly those with a focus on the well-being of families and children"
Community Channel (UK)
- "long term aim is to explore what policies and practical actions are needed to maintain or create sustainable community activity in the Information Society"
Global Urban Observatory
- "an international capacity-building network, established by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), to assist in meeting the aims of the Habitat Agenda and Agenda 21, which call for the active participation of all major groups of society to improve our living environment. Its mission is to help build a global base of knowledge for sustainable urban development.
The Urban Indicators Programme and the Best Practice and Local Leadership Programme (BLP), together, make up the Global Urban Observatory, a UNCHS (Habitat)'s facility for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Habitat Agenda and Agenda 21."
Greenest City Home Page (Canada)
- "a city-wide program that works with Toronto's neighbourhoods to take action to improve air quality, better the health of its residents, regenerate urban life and reduce greenhouse gases"
Healthy City Kuching (Malaysia)
- This is the web-site of one of the most interesting examples of the
Healthy Cities program, as it demonstrates how cities in "developing countries"
might be able to get involved in public policies conducive to health and
implement them accordingly.
Healthy City: Turku (Finland)
- "The City Board of Turku made the formal decision in April 1993 to apply
for the second phase of the Healthy Cities Project as the Finnish city to
carry out an urban development programme at the local level, together with 45
to 60 European cities"
Healthy Cities, Urban Theory, and Design: The Power of Jane Jacobs
- "In order to create "healthy" communities - communities that are
economically, socially, politically, and environmentally vibrant - as planners
we must design and build with the people and all of their various activities,
values, and influences in mind. The student work in this exhibit represents
our reflections on and reactions to Jane Jacobs' ideas and activism regarding
what must be done to create vibrant, healthy communities"
Healthy Communities Environmental Mapping (USA)
- "a free Internet service that combines information on HUD’s community development and housing programs with EPA’s environmental data. HUD E-MAPS provides:
HUD E-MAPS empowers local communities to build smarter and healthier neighborhoods"
location, type and performance of HUD-funded activities in every neighborhood across the country; and
select EPA information on brownfields, hazardous wastes, air pollution and waste water discharges.
Healthy Community-Healthy Economy
- The mission of Healthy Community-Healthy Economy is to raise the health
status of the diverse populations of Silicon Valley. Our vision is that Santa
Clara County will have a healthy, productive workforce and healthy children
who are able to regularly attend school, learn and ultimately become productive
members of our workforce and community. Employers, governments, health care
providers, and other community organizations are working together
Healthy Communities Network Canada)
- Canadians seem to prefer the term 'healthy community' with regard to the
Healthy Cities program.
Healthy Communities Program (USA)
- launched by the National Civic League (NCL),
providing planning and implementation resources and some interesting links to
activities in the USA
Healthy Valley 2000 (USA)
- "Healthy Valley 2000 was officially launched in October 1994 after more
than a year of work and preparation. The project includes the towns of Ansonia,
Derby, Shelton, Seymour, Beacon Falls and Oxford located in South Central
Connecticut, with a combined population of 96,000 and an area of 100 square
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
- established in 1990 through a partnership of the United Nations
Environment Programme, the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), and
the Center for Innovative Diplomacy
International Healthy Cities Foundation (USA)
- "Committed to a participatory, multi-dimensional approach to urban and
health issues, the IHCF provides a forum where diverse sectors of the community
context meet to create working alliances. The IHCF will facilitate linkages
among concerns of governance, community organization and planning; economic
development, equity, the arts, leadership, sustainability, the environment,
education, disability, housing, safe communities, and families and
International Institute for the Urban Environment (The Netherlands)
- "established in Delft in 1989 to promote sustainability as a major consideration in urban development. IIUE takes a broad view of sustainability, incorporating ecological, social and economic aspects. IIUE also seeks ways to promote the use of ecologically-sound new technology in existing urban systems"
Jerusalem Healthy Cities Project
Milan Declaration on Healthy Cities (1990)
- the result of a WHO-sponsored conference on healthy cities
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (Canada)
- "the Healthy Commuities Coalition grew out of discussions between Dr. Trevor Hancock and representatives of the Ontario Landscape Architects Association in 1986. These discusions led to the formation of a broad coalition of provincial associations interested in promoting Healthy Communities. The Coalition continued as an informal group until 1990/91, when it published a study of Healthy Communities initiatives across Ontario, with funding from the Ministry of Health. This report became the basis for a proposal and request for funding to develop a provincial secretariat and create regional support systems. In 1993, the Ministry announced a three year funding package for the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition. This funding allowed OHCC to set up a Secretariat to provide a broad range of services and resources to help local Healthy Communities to become established and flourish"
Quality of Life Project (University of Toronto, Canada)
- this is an exciting resource because this project demonstrates the validity of qualitative research and social action in the context of community organization and public health. The Research Unit is headed by Professor Dennis Raphael, and he's done a marvellous job to enrich our understanding of community organization in the context of health
Sustainable Cities Research Institute (UK)
- "to improve the quality of life of urban communities through developing and promoting sustainable approaches to urban living. The new Institute clearly recognises that if cities are to survive and prosper in the 21st Century, they will need to be economically efficient, socially integrated and environmentally friendly. Much of its original research programme is focusing on collecting best practice material from cities in Europe and North America and using this to inform the innovative developments already taking place in UK cities"
Sustainable Communities Information
- located in Nova Scotia (Canada), it links issues of environment,
economics, health and culture through a democratic community process
Sustainable Communities Network
- "linking citizens to resources and one another to create healthy, vital, and sustainable communities" - excellent resources
Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series (University of Minnesota)
- "to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry. By utilizing SULIS concepts, homeowners, business owners and related industry personnel will be able to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing"
Sustainable Wellington Net
- "to build a community network of sustainably motivated organisations and interest groups with this site as the front door. From here we aim to provide a platform where ideas and information can be freely exchanged"
Urban Ecology Australia
- Urban Ecology Australia Inc (UEA) is a non profit community group
committed to the evolution of socially vital, economically viable and
ecologically sustaining human settlements - ecological cities - through
education and example
Urban Quality Indicators (UQI)
- "a newsletter that shares and critiques information on various efforts in North America measuring the quality, health and sustainability of its communities - from neighborhoods to regions. Published by Urban Quality Communications, Ann Arbor, MI."
Van Alen Institute (New York)
- Projects in Public Architecture, "the integrity and importance of the
physical public realm, which has been the spatial and symbolic binding and
boundary of urban life and work, is profoundly challenged by the "cyber"
future, the privatization of public places and public institutions, and a host
of other technological and cultural changes. The future of public architecture
- the physical public realm from streets and parks to schools and housing - is
threatened by both indifference and incapacity", the Institute refers in its
programs explicitely to the connection of urban life and public health
- a program of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth (Ontario, Canada), "VISION 2020 describes our community in the year 2020, if the decisions affecting our community follow the principles of sustainable development. It describes a community that includes a system of connected and protected natural areas, swimming where it is currently banned, a new transportation system, a different form to the urban area, a diversified and environmentally friendly economy, community participation in decision making, a strong local agricultural sector, and many other positive changes to the community. VISION 2020 was prepared by the Chairman's Task Force on Sustainable Development after a two and a half year consultation process involving over 1,000 fellow citizens. The Vision Statement is a presentation of our values and hopes for the future of Hamilton-Wentworth. The Vision is a shared destination, a place that the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth is working towards"
WHO Centre for Health Development
- select on the left side of the screen the link to *Urbanization and Health*
and you will be connected to rich and also scary resources on the subject
WHO Collaborating Centre for the Development of Healthy Cities and Towns
- located in Montreal (Canada), "a joint venture between the Groupe de recherche et d'intervention en promotion de la santé de l'Université Laval (GRIPSUL) (The research and intervention group in health promotion at Laval University), a multifacuty group attached to the Faculty of Nursing at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and the Réseau Québécois des villes et villages en santé (RQVVS) (The Québec Network of Healthy Cities and Villages), located in the same city. It is co-directed by Dr. Michel O'Neill, Professor in Health Promotion, Community Health and Sociology of Health at the Faculty of Nursing of Laval University as well as co-director of the GRIPSUL, and Dr. Réal Lacombe, Coordinator of the RQVVS. The Collaborating Center has been designated in March 1996 for a four year term by the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva"
WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Healthy Cities
- located in Maastricht, The Netherlands, was commissioned in February,
1993, to facilitate research pertaining to urban health promotion. Healthy
Cities emphasizes coalition building among communities, private, public, and
non-profit organizations as a vehicle for effective health promotion
WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health
- its mission is in general "to collaborate with the WHO in the development
of urban health policy, programmes and projects in the Africa region,
particularly within southern Africa"
WHO-AMRO Healthy Municipalities and Communities Program
- "The healthy municipalities and communities movement is a main strategy to strengthen the implementation of health promotion activities in the Region. It integrates a series of actions in the areas of public health, popular education and community development. The involvement of local government and the active participation of the community are essential components of the movement as is the involvement of other sectors in a unified front to promote health. Health promotion stresses a settings approach to help focus community participation and action on the formulation of healthy public policy, the maintenance of healthy environments, the creation of healthy lifestyles and the reorientation of local health services"
WHO Headquarters Healthy Cities Program
- "The WHO Healthy Cities Programme puts health on the agenda of decision-makers, builds support for local public health action, develops local participatory approach to health and environmental issues"
WHO-EURO Healthy Cities Program
- the Healthy Cities Program was initiated by the Regional Office for Europe of WHO; this web-page provides information on the program and links to web-sites of cities which are part of the program having become global in the meantime
World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty
- "a network, formed on the initiative of UNDP, which offers participants an opportunity to benefit from the experience of cities and the proximity of municipalities to the population to give a new impetus to the fight against poverty and thus contribute effectively to the "International Decade for the Eradication of Poverty" (1997-2006), proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996"