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I/2015 (EN)
  Dear Colleagues,

please let me introduce you the new issue of the Czech Healthy Cities Newsletter
which brings you short news and highligts, this time covering mainly
the first months in 2015. You will find here interesting info from Czech Healthy Cities and their association.

(NOTE: Some of the website links are available only in Czech, in that case
you can use the Google Translate toolbar, which can be found on the left side
of the HCCZ web page.)

I believe that this new HCCZ Newsletter will be for you an interesting and useful
source of information and inspiration from Czech Healthy Cities and Regions.

Petr Svec
HCCZ Director and National Healthy City Project Coordinator

  Information and updates from Czech Healthy Cities and Regions

Youth Friendly City: a web portal full of inspiration for involving young people in the development of municipalities

Young people interested in development of the place they live in have a new opportunity to obtain inspiration for their activities on the new website called Youth Friendly City Municipalities and regions representantives will also find here instructions on how to involve young people in local activities. The mentioned portal is a site offering examples of good practice, as well as the goals of individual cities and indicators for their fulfilment. You will also find links to and information about partner organisations here.

The Youth Friendly City portal was created by Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic (HCCZ) in partnership with the Rychory Centre for Environmental Education (SEVER). The portal provides young people with plenty of options how to spend their free time, their own fulfilment or meaningful involvement in happenings in the city, whether this concerns participation in campaigns, voluntary help or another form of cooperation with the city, these are opportunities to actively influence life in the place young people live in. Dialogue with young people is being established on the mentioned Portal – this is where their opinions are taken seriously. This is the only way to support active citizenship and create responsibility for your life.

Cities and municipalities have the tools and resources to create conditions for active development of younger generations. The Youth Friendly City portal offers good practice examples in the field of involving young people in development of the place they live in. The goals of municipalities, cities and regions, which are engaged in some manner of young people’s involvement and activities throughout the Czech Republic, and also the relevant indicators for the monitored areas, are also given. The portal also contains national thematic documents and links to and information about partners working on the topic of young people’s activities in municipalities.

The Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic systematically supports activities focusing on young people. So-called Youth forums or round tables have been taking place in Healthy Cities for several years now and young people have the opportunity to express their opinion and are able to hold discussions with representatives of the government administration and the local government at these.

The HCCZ has previously launched other thematic portals, which collect and promote good practice examples from various areas. The Age Friendly Cities portal offers plenty of information about issues concerning seniors. Cities are consequently able to learn how to accommodate seniors and how to utilise the potential seniors offer society. The Moving City portal, which focuses on inspiration in the field of promoting physical activity in all generations, was created in cooperation with Palacky University and its Department of Recreology.


Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic offers its members educational programmes

Representatives of public administration in Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions have the opportunity to use unique educational programmes focusing on the topic of sustainable development on a local level. The HCCZ is accredited as an educational institute by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and offers its members two accredited educational programmes. After completing these programmes their participants receive certification valid in regional public administrations in the Czech Republic.

The “Local Agenda 21 and WHO Healthy Cities“ programme is being realised in the form of regular meetings three times a year at Healthy City Schools, the participants of which are allowed to use the event as an opportunity to exchange experience between individual cities, towns and regions.

The “Principles of sustainable development in relation to strategic planning and the quality of life” programme is held as a one-off seminar on the premises of a selected authority. During the seminar its attendees are provided with key information about the issue of sustainable development, the quality of public administration and strategic planning and management, with particular emphasis on the Local Agenda 21 issue as an internationally utilised public administration quality method. The focus and practical implementation of the topics the programme addresses is also of significance for submitting successful applications for finances from EU funds.

For example a seminar within the terms of the accredited “Principles of sustainable development in relation to strategic planning and the quality of life” programme was held at the end of last year at the town hall of the Prague 4 City District, which is a new member of the HCCZ. The seminar was attended by 51 guests, including councillors and heads of divisions and departments of the Prague 4 City District Municipal Authority.


Healthy Cities are represented in the renewed Government Board for Sustainable Development

The renewed Government Board for Sustainable Development held its first session last year after the government approved its renewal. Healthy Cities are represented not only on the board itself, but the HCCZ and the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the CZ also chair the Committee for Sustainable Municipalities. The committee’s activities are closely linked to realisation of Local Agenda 21 in cities, towns and regions and to the special LA21 work group. The board was established in 2003 as a permanent advisory, initiating and coordinating body of the Czech government in the field of sustainable development and strategic management.

During its activities the board proposes measures to coordinate long-term plans and goals with medium-term and short-term goals and programmes in compliance with the principles of sustainable development. It monitors and assesses global phenomena and potential for development and proposes the government’s timely and appropriate response to these. The board monitors application of the principles of sustainable development with simultaneous maintenance of the dynamic balance between its economic, social and environmental components.

After an interval of five years the Forum for Sustainable Development also took place at the close of the year. As the chairman of the Government Board for Sustainable Development, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka opened the event with an introductory speech. The Prime Minister emphasised the results of the most advanced Healthy Cities in his speech. Simon Upton, director of the OECD Directorate for the Environment, appeared as the main guest of the Forum.

You can find more information about the activities of the Government Board for Sustainable Development here.

  Coming soon

Healthy Cities Spring School 2015 will provide inspiration for sustainable cities

The Healthy Cities Spring School, which is part of the accredited “Local Agenda 21 and WHO Healthy Cities Project” educational programme, will be held in Healthy City Tabor between 18th and 20th March 2015. The introductory seminar, which is open to all interested parties, will present interesting inspirational materials from Healthy Cities and campaigns and services offered by partner organisations. Papers will focus on topics such as sustainable energy, management of small municipalities or involvement of the public, including the younger generations. The afternoon block will discuss specific steps and measures, which can be used in support of the sustainable development of cities, towns and regions.

The other days of the Spring School will include practical training for LA21 coordinators, including practicing working with the DataPlan information system and individual consultations. More information is available here.

The event is part of the HCCZ “Strateg-2: Strategic Management in Municipalities – a step further“ project, which is financed from ESF funds, by means of the Human Resources and Employment Operation Programme, and from the Czech state budget.


2015 is the 70th year since the founding of the UN and is also the European Year for Development

The UN will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 2015 and celebrations will culminate in the autumn in a historic summit. Within the international community, 2015 is also the year the time limit ends for meeting Millennium Development Goals – MDGs, on which the heads of world states agreed in 2000 and the year the international community should reach another agreement on a future worldwide framework for eliminating poverty and for sustainable development.

2015 is also presented in relation to the topic of development on the level of the European Union. European Year for Development 2015 focuses on special issues every month: February on education, March will be devoted to gender issues and April will be health month. You can find more information about the calendar of events in all member states for European Year for Development 2015 on the website at https://europa.eu/eyd2015/

Healthy Cities have been working on the aforementioned topics for quite some time and realise a number of related activities on the level of nationwide associations and their individual members. It is an interesting fact that Healthy Cities in the Czech Republic currently represent the only successful fulfilment of programmes operating under the patronage of the UN international community. The Healthy Cities project was created at the initiative of the United Nations by means of the World Health Organisation (WHO).


The Newsletter is published by Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic, contact: HCCZ Office.
HCCZ Newsletter is available at https://www.healthycities.cz/newsletter
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