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Belfast Healthy Cities have celebrated projects from across the city which are promoting health and well-being, at the annual WHO Healthy City Awards ceremony. 

The awards, divided into four categories, were open to organisations from all sectors, entrants included public bodies, voluntary and community based organisations and private sector companies.

The WHO 2019 Belfast Healthy Cities Awards winners were: 

PROMOTING HEALTH EQUITY: HERe NI for Same Sex Family Support Project - WINNER

By 2050 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and 60% of those urban dwellers will be under the age of 18. These figures, produced by UNICEF, mean it is more important than ever that the built environment is designed and managed to meet the needs of children.

- Belfast submits application to the Healthy cities Network -

Belfast’s application to be a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network Phase 7 project was signed off today by Lord Mayor Cllr John Finucane, at a workshop involving key players in the health sector from across the city and Northern Ireland.

Danny Cooper, from Disability Sport NI, writes about his trip to the Netherlands & Germany as part of the Belfast Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is one of Europe’s busiest, and marks the final place on the week-long Belfast Healthy Cities trip, as I write my final report and have my final “proper” Dutch coffee!

2019 Belfast Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary recipient, Danny Cooper, from Disability Sport NI, writes from Utrecht, the first stop on his trip

Danny Cooper, from Disability Sport NI, is the 2019 Belfast Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary recipient. He will travel to Holland and Germany to find out about Wheelchair Basketball, and ahead of his trip he outlines what he hopes to learn.


The ‘Care Zone’ Report was officially launched in Belfast City Hall this week, setting out the priorities for addressing poor health indicators in north Belfast, including high levels of suicide. The report was launched by Lord Mayor Cllr John Finucane and among the speakers at the event was Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride.



Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization initiative in Northern Ireland has launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2019 awards, which recognise the work undertaken by organisations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast.

Gearing up to Reduce Inequalities 

Health policy experts from across the UK and Ireland were in Belfast yesterday to examine best practice in public policy on Heath Literacy. Health Literacy has been recognised by the World Health Organization as a priority in the next phase of the European Healthy Cities Network programme of work 2019 - 2024.

In Northern Ireland, Health Literacy is now a key element of central policy in the Department of Health and at local government level health literacy is a priority in Community Plans of the 11 Councils.