How Do You Build A Healthy City?
Copenhagen, Denmark, had been dubbed one of the happiest places to live on earth. What was once a fishing village, it has evolved into a city with strong urban flavour and culture and is famous for its work-life balance. Combine that with all the walking and biking done in the city, which makes for fewer gas emissions, its quality of living index continuously remains high. How it does that is explored by Sarah Boseley for the Guardian in this article. Due to its healthy city ranking, it is a suitable choice for the WHO/Europe’s Summit of Mayors on 12 to 13 February 2018. Mayors, politicians, advisors, and other civic representatives, together with technical experts on health and well-being under the auspices of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network will meet to discuss health as a political choice in the future of cities. It is the first time that WHO has organised such a meeting in Europe. The programme showcases how social investment contributes to health and well-being and benefits society. The group will hear about how urban development can be equitable, sustainable and human-centred when driven by health and well-being. The event is expected to culminate with agreement on the Copenhagen Consensus, in which mayors will commit to a range of goals to ensure a happier and healthier future.
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