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Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

IV/2017 (EN)

Information and updates

The WHO Ministerial Conference adopted the "Ostrava Declaration", European Healthy Cities and Regions play an important role

The World Health Organization hosted the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Ostrava from 13 to 15 June 2017. The conference brought together 500 delegates and observers from 53 member countries from the WHO European Region, as well as representatives from Canada, the Philippines and the U.S. and 15 international and non-governmental organisations. In three days, 9 plenary sessions and 16 side events took place addressing issues such as air quality, chemical safety, climate change, waste, water and sanitation services, and life in cities. The vital link between the quality of the environment and the health of the population was repeatedly demonstrated with, for the first time, a strong emphasis on the role of cities and regions in achieving sustainable development and implementing international goals and targets of Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda (SDGs).

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Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic endorsed the global Basque Declaration of Sustainable Cities

Being a member of a number of important international associations of cities and regions, the association of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic has been actively engaged at international level. In connection with its active involvement in ICLEI – a global association of local governments working towards sustainable development, Healthy Cities endorsed the Basque Declaration, a key document building on the Aalborg Charter, and thus became a part of the global platform of Sustainable Cities.

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Healthy Cities discussed how to carry out the financial management of cities, regions and their organisations in an appropriate way

Over 70 participants from among politicians, secretaries, financial auditors and other stakeholders from cities and towns gathered at the Healthy Cities seminar on Effective management of cities and regions and their organisations. Particular emphasis was put on the area of financial management, existing and draft legislation – both Czech and European, planned changes, amendments or possible risks, and especially on examples of application of these rules in practice.

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The Association of Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions has joined the Alliance for Health Literacy

At the spring session of the General Meeting of Healthy Cities, it was approved to join the Alliance for Health Literacy – to become part of the organisations and institutions of the Czech Republic which are aware of the social and individual value of health and regard health literacy as an essential part of culture in the 21st century.

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The updated "Sustainable Cities Assessment Methodology” – a practical tool for Healthy Cities

The new version of Sustainable Cities Assessment Methodology reflects many years of experience with its practical application and current international trends of sustainability assessment. The methodology was developed in 2010-2011 with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and was launched as a pilot project in Healthy Cities of Chrudim, Koprivnice, Litomerice and Vsetin. The methodology was completely updated last year and is now available in version 2017. In addition to the authoring team of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic and Charles University Environment Centre, the methodology update was also carried out by a group of 40 experts from various fields to cover all the assessed themes.

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Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions celebrated Earth Day 2017

Earth Day, the largest international campaign focused on environmental protection, is observed annually on 22nd April. It was first celebrated in 1970 in the U.S. Nowadays, the campaign is organised in 192 countries with the assistance of more than 22,000 partner organisations, and more than one billion people from around the world are involved in the activities. The Czech Republic has been celebrating Earth Day for more than 20 years.

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Czech Healthy Cities support Fairtrade

The idea of promoting Fairtrade in cities has been supported by Healthy Cities since the very beginning of 2011. The first official Fairtrade Cities were the Healthy Cities of Vsetin and Litomericegradually joined by other Healthy Cities of Chrudim, Trebic, Kromeriz, Hodonin, Mlada Boleslav, Valasske Klobouky. Nowadays, 8 out of 10 Fairtrade Cities in the Czech Republic are Healthy Cities. In 2017, the Healthy Municipal district of Prague 8 was declared the first Fairtrade Municipal district.

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