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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
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Healthy Cities 21st Century

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Belfast Healthy Cities represents the city of Belfast, within the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network. Our programmes are challenging but inspirational, introducing new concepts to Belfast through membership of the network, many of our programmes have been mainstreamed by partner organizations.  Our programmes are recognised across WHO Europe as well as locally and are highlighted in global publications.   

On Sunday 29 October 2017 I ran the Dublin marathon, which this year had a record 20,000 participants meaning it now ranks as the 4th most popular marathon in Europe.  Although I was very wary of undertaking what is known locally as the 'friendly marathon' it certainly did not disappoint. The crowds lining the route were in their thousands and they were enthusiastic, encouraging the runners with their cheers, home-made water stops and every energy source from gummy bears to sliced oranges.

WHO European Healthy Cities Political Vision Group, Cork, September 2017.

Belfast Healthy Cities Chief Executive Joan Devlin is currently attending the 67th session of the Word Health Organisation Regional Committee for Europe, in Budapest. The 4 day event will examine opportunities and challenges for 21st-century public health in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and the Health 2020 policy framework and also includes progress reports on the implementation of the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020, the European food and nutrition action plan 2015–2020, and the European mental health action plan. 

Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization initiative in Northern Ireland has today launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2017 awards. The awards, which are now in their fifth year, will recognise projects undertaken to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Belfast.

Last weekend the planning for the 2018 European Healthy Cities Conference which will take place in Belfast stepped up a gear when a delegation from Belfast Healthy Cities travelled to Copenhagen for a two day series of meetings with World Health Organization colleagues.

The one day conference is the largest gathering of the health professionals who make up the Health Literacy Group UK, and will take place in Riddel Hall, Queen's University, Belfast on Friday 16th February 2018.

The conference will be an opportunity to share current health literacy thinking, practice and research from across the UK and European, as well as networking with key experts in health literacy

The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health was recently held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 13-15 June.  Organized by the World Health Organization for Europe in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the United Nations Environment Programme, the 3 day event saw 500 representatives from the 53 countries of the European Region, international and nongovernmental organisations meet to track progress and prioritise future action on environmental risks to health which culminated in the signing of the Ostrava Declarat

The World Health Organization initiative in Belfast, Belfast Healthy Cities, has appointed a new Chairman, Dr David Stewart and two new Board members, Danny McQuillan and Michael Gibbs.

Belfast Healthy Cities today launched their plans to make Belfast a child friendly, inclusive, global city at their ‘Health at the Heart of Belfast’ event in City Hall.
The plans were set out in two documents which make the response to Belfast City Council’s consultation to their Belfast Agenda and the first stage of the Local Development Plan. These documents ‘Tackling inequalities in a fast changing Belfast’ and  ‘A Plan Fit for Children’ draw from the experiences of healthy cities from right across the World Health Organization network.