Thursday, June 30, 2022
The session, jointly hosted by WHO, UN Habitat and ISUH, will facilitate a participatory, strategic reflection on capacity development for urban health. In particular, exploring what can be achieved by strengthening capacities to address gaps in practice and policymaking for physical, mental, and social well-being in cities. The session will be structured around three key themes:
Over the last few decades, WHO has supported local initiatives aimed at improving health in cities, established global partnerships of cities to allow sharing of experiences, supported global and national advocacy efforts on urban health, and contributed to building the evidence base of what works to enhance urban health. For WHO there is therefore a clear need for the work on urban health to be strengthened and prioritised so that Member States have the support they need to respond at the local level to today’s key global challenges. To increase WHO’s support to Member States to address health through action at the local level, the urban health unit is aiming to develop an organization-wide consolidated urban health capacity building programme, drawing on existing initiatives across different workstreams and organisations including ISUH and UN-Habitat. This capacity building program has been identified as a WHO organizational priority for the new 2022-2023 biennium, sits strategically with the MOU signed between WHO and UN-Habitat, and builds on ongoing work with ISUH related to setting a global urban health research agenda (2021).