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Call for abstracts: International Healthy Cities Conference 2018

19 March 2018

We invite Polis members and cities to submit an abstract for the WHO Healthy Cities Conference "Changing cities to change the world". The call for abstracts is open until 13 April. This year's conference will take place in Belfast on 1-4 October 2018 and is celebrating 30 years of the Healthy Cities movement.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network was launched in 1988 as a political, cross-cutting and intersectoral initiative and movement in direct collaboration with cities across the WHO European Region. It is a crucial platform for bringing about change and achieving improved health, well-being, and equitable and sustainable development in cities across the Region and globally.

The 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference marks thirty years of the Network and the global Healthy Cities movement. The Conference, which takes place every five years, presents the opportunity to learn from the work of healthy cities globally. It attracts politicians and key decision-makers from within cities, as well as technical experts.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts refers to papers submitted by delegates for the Learning through Practice sessions and poster sessions during the 4 days of the conference.

The 6 main themes of the conference:

  • People: a human focus to societal development that prioritizes investment in people to improve equity and inclusion through enhanced empowerment.
  • Place: the social, physical and cultural environments that align to create a place that is actively inclusive, and that facilitates the pursuit of health and well-being for all.
  • Participation: ensuring the participation of all individuals and communities in the decisions that affect them and the places they live, work, love and play.
  • Prosperity: enhanced community prosperity and strengthened assets through values-based governance of common goods and services.
  • Planet: ensuring that the protection of the planet is at the heart of all city policies, both internal and external.
  • Peace: promoting peace through inclusive societies that focus on places, participation, prosperity and the planet, while putting people at the centre of all policies and actions.

Preference will be given to those papers that address the conference themes and which illustrate 3 or more of the following:

  • Strategic approaches
  • Comprehensive and systematic approaches
  • Intersectoral approaches
  • Life course approaches
  • Community-based initiatives
  • Innovative solutions
  • Work that has been evaluated & lessons learnt
  • Actions with concrete goals and outcomes

Each abstract must be submitted electronically, clearly and concisely in English.

Submission Deadline:  Friday 13 April.

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee and authors informed of the results by Monday 4 June.

For more information, please visit the event website.

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