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Tackling Urban Health Challenges in a Changing World

As the world transitions through a global pandemic and against a background of unprecedented urbanization, extreme climate events, and conflicts, the health of urban populations is increasingly at risk.

Anh Thu Duong

Moderator

date

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

16:00-18:00

Is over
place
Auditorium
language
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic + ISL [Polish + English]

Summary

As the world transitions through a global pandemic and against a background of unprecedented urbanization, extreme climate events, and conflicts, the health of urban populations is increasingly at risk. Health services are pushed to breaking point and often classic public health interventions are the only option to protect vulnerable citizens. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing health inequities.

Re-thinking urban space is thus important to tackle health both in the re-design of existing cities and towns, and also for the many urban areas yet to be built. This session will present a range of health challenges faced by city leaders and some of the new approaches to managing disease, including tracking, managing epidemics and prevention through improved urban design.

Guiding Questions for discussions

a. How is urbanisation affecting the health and well-being of populations? What are the main challenges and inequalities?
b. What have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of preparedness, response and recovery in urban contexts? How can this inform future action?
c. What are the policies and governance measures that can be put in place to address gaps and identify opportunities?
d. What are the resulting challenges in cities in conflict including those as a result of migration  
e. What can stakeholders, national governments and local governments do?
f. How can we assess the needs and provide tools for improvement?

Concept Note:

Ana Paula Matos

Salvador City Hall | Deputy Mayor

Abdisalan Noor

Global Malaria Programme, WHO | Unit Head, Strategic Information for Response

Naoko Yamamoto

WHO | Assistant Director-General 

Dmitry Mariyasin

UNECE | Deputy Executive Secretary

Michel Sidibé

Global Commission on Drug Policy | Commissioner

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Barcelona Institute of Global Health | Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative

Anh Thu Duong

Geneva Cities Hub | Co-Director

Nathalie Roebbel

Unit Head, Urban Health, Health Organization, Geneva | Unit Head

Sarah Beeching

Oshun Partnership | Executive Director 

AbdulMumuni Ujah Sulayman
Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities Abuja-FCT | Chairman and Technical Advisor
Hon. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulrahman bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Governor of the Capital Governorate, Bahrain

Rotina Mohd Daik

National Landscape Department | Director General

Onyeka Erobu

Freetown City Council | Senior Health Adviser to the Mayor

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