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Integrating health in urban and territorial planning

Pamela Carbajal


date June 29, 2022 | 10:00 - 13:00
Multifunction Hall Room 11
Cambridge University, United Kingdom,
World Health Organization (WHO), ISOCARP and UCLG
TE 27


This Workshop is part of the ongoing development of training curricula on how to integrate health in urban and territorial planning. The workshop will use the Sourcebook: Integrating health in urban and territorial planning as a framework. It will have a multisectoral approach to showcase “how to” integrate health in urban and territorial planning (UTP) through different entry points. It will highlight how to make it possible from an air quality challenge (. Moreover, different partners will be presenting their different entry points, resources and tools. For example, WHO will showcase the Urban Health Initiative (UHI), which aims to reduce deaths and diseases associated with air and climate pollutants due to unhealthy urban environments. And other WHO tools and RESOURCES such as BreatheLife. And ISOCARP will use the opportunity to build on knowledge and case studies from and feed into the community of Practice on Urban Health. Today, cities face increasing threats from climate change-related impacts putting the wellbeing of their citizens at risk. Climate change directly impacts the health of urban residents via disasters. Increased air pollution and rising temperatures can endanger key health-related urban systems. The overall objective of the workshop will be to illustrate the main linkages between health and spatial factors to enable the integration of health in urban and territorial planning. The session will have an interactive exercise that will allow participants to have an opportunity to interact, reflect, and learn from each other, with the aim to get inspired, to take the lessons learned, and start integrating health into their own planning practices.


1) To have a better understanding of the relationship between health and the built environment. Through a better understanding of the relation between spatial factors and health dimensions 2) To understand the importance of cross-sectorial interventions and how to work between the health and planning sector for improved urban development. 3) To understand the multi-benefits of working towards better health. In this case the relation between urban health and resilience. 4) To engage participants for future capacity building in how to integrate health in urban and territorial planning