CUF Pre-Forum Webinar: Promoting Healthy Urban Environments

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 12:52

Promoting Healthy Urban Environments: New entry points towards healthier urban environments and case studies from the region

Tuesday 15th June 2021 10.00am to 12.00pm GYT (Guyana time)

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COVID-19 Pandemic has brought un unprecedented global attention to the tight relationship between urbanization and health and the necessity of incorporating health and well-being into urban planning and development. Health in urban context can only be achieved with a strong collaboration across sectors, planning levels and regions.


The event, will be an opportunity for different partners from different sectors to combine, present and discuss on how to best make use of the existing mechanism in place to improve our urban environment, aiming at reducing harm, promoting health and providing services through different urban interventions e.g. public spaces, local markets, urban planning and with specific health target in mind, for example, reducing Vector-borne Diseases and non-communicable diseases.  

The most effective indicator for a city’s sustainable development is the health and wellbeing of its citizens. The resilience of cities to health challenges depends not only on a well-prepared healthcare system but also on the way cities are planned, managed and equipped to address urbanization challenges of the 21st century. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance for cities to prepare, respond and recover from such crises as well as opportunities to build back better, ensuring that people are at the centre of the urban transformation.

The event will be divided in 3 main section; first one for setting the scene with some opening remarks and initial key messages highlighting the important of intersectoral collaboration, entry points and links between the SDG 3 and 11; the second part will have short presentation upon different entry points towards healthier environments presentations will cover from markets to initiatives and will consider different health aspects (e.g. vector born disease, non-communicable disease).

The event will conclude with closing remarks that will feed into the main Caribbean Urban Forum and further work developed under UN-Habitat under the Planning for Healthy cities programme including the Commonwealth Healthy Cities Initiative.