WHO European Healthy Cities Network adopts the Pécs Declaration

03/28/2017 - 14:29

Early March 2017, the WHO European Healthy Cities Network Annual Conference was the opportunity to adopt the "2017 Healthy Cities Pécs Declaration" which reconfirms commitment to creating inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable societies.

In acknowledging that improved health and well-being for all is fundamental to a sustainable future, the Pécs Declaration recognizes the need for cities to assume leadership in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is in parallel with and complementary to maintaining other previous commitments, such as implementation of the outcomes of the high-level conference “Promoting intersectoral and interagency action for health and well-being in the WHO European Region” held in Paris in December 2016. Most importantly, the assembled mayors and political leaders committed to continue the work of the Healthy Cities movement, and agreed to meet again next year in the city of Belfast, United Kingdom, to establish the next phase (2018–2022), where they will also celebrate 30 successful years of the European Healthy Cities Network.

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