The WHO European Healthy Cities programme engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects.
Across the island of Ireland there are five WHO recognised Healthy Cities; Belfast, Derry, Cork, Galway and Waterford and it is also recognised that a number of other cities work to promote a healthy cities agenda such as Limerick and Dublin.
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network consists of cities around the WHO European Region that are committed to health and sustainable development.
The concept of an all Ireland Network of Healthy Cities was explored on 16 November 2011. Representatives from the Healthy Cities movement across Ireland discussed establishing such a Network to support work to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments. Owen Metcalfe, Director, IPH facilitated the event and presentations included an overview of the European and National Networks of Healthy Cities from Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities and WHO European Healthy Cities Secretariat.
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Access further information:
Belfast Healthy Cities - http://www.belfasthealthycities.com
Derry - http://www.derryhc.com
Galway - http://www.galwayhealthycities.ie
Waterford - http://www.wap.ie/waterford-healthy-cities-initiative.aspx