Stakeholders & projects


  • Global Network of Age-friendly Cities
    At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing. The Network aims to provide technical support and training, link cities to WHO and each other, facilitate information exchange and ensure interventions to improve lives of older people are appropriate, sustainable and cost effective.
  • Urban health
    Urbanization is one of the leading global trends of the 21st century: by 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. The factors influencing urban health include urban governance, population characteristics, the natural and built environments, social and economic development, services and health emergency management and food security.
  • Urban Settings Knowledge Network
    Focuses on broad policy interventions relating to "healthy urbanization" and closely examines slum upgrading as an entry point among other possible interventions. The upstream determinants of healthy urbanization include: stimulation of job creation, land tenure and land use policy, transportation, sustainable urban development, social protection, settlement policies and strategies, community empowerment, vulnerability reduction and better security, among others.

WHO Centre for Health Development

  • Urban health
    Research on the consequences of social, economic and environmental change and its implications for health policies in urban settings.

WHO Regional Office for Europe

  • Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment
    Two thirds of the population of the European Region live in towns and cities, which are often unhealthy, characterized by heavy traffic, pollution, noise, violence and social isolation for older people and young families. People in towns and cities experience increased rates of noncommunicable disease, injuries and alcohol and substance abuse. Poor people are usually exposed to the worst environments. There are ways to tackle these challenges.
  • Environmental health
    The environment is a major determinant of health, estimated to account for almost 20% of all deaths in the WHO European Region. In 1989, concerned about the growing evidence of the impact of hazardous environments on human health, WHO/Europe initiated the first ever environment and health process, towards a broad primary prevention public health approach, and to facilitate intersectoral policy-making.
  • WHO European Healthy Cities Network
    The goal of phase V (2009–2013) was health and health equity in all local policies.

European Commission (EC)

  • DG Environment
    The Directorate-General for Environment is the European Commission department responsible for EU policy on the environment. It aims to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations, proposing and implementing policies that ensure a high level of environmental protection and preserve the quality of life of EU citizens.
  • DG Health and Food Safety
    DG Health and Food Safety is responsoible for making Europe a healthier, safer place, where citizens can be confident that their interests are protected. The DG aims to: - protect and improve public health - ensure Europe's food is safe and wholesome - protect the health and welfare of farm animals - protect the health of crops and forests
  • DG Health and Food Safety
    The European Union Public Health Programme work plan identifies the development of an urban health indicator system as an essential part of a comprehensive and integrated European Union health information and knowledge system.

European Environment Agency (EEA)

  • Environmental health
    The European Environment Agency is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.
  • Urban health
    Europe is a union of cities and towns; about 75% of the residents of the European Union live in urban areas. The effects of urbanization extend beyond city borders. Europeans have adopted urban lifestyles, and they use city amenities such as cultural, educational and health services. Although cities are the motors of Europe’s economy and creators of European wealth, they depend heavily on the resources of outside regions to meet their demand for energy, water and food and to accommodate waste and emissions.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • Regional, rural and urban development
    Urban development policies seek to address a range of issues – from managing urban expansion and congestion to fostering competitiveness, innovation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Containing 75% of the land and almost a quarter of the population in OECD countries, rural regions in OECD countries are equally important economically and demographically.


  • Housing and Health
    UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Environmental health
    The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and promotes coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations.

World Bank

  • Urban Development
    The World Bank’s work in urban development aims to build sustainable communities. This is fully aligned with institutional goals to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity through urbanization that is inclusive, resilient, low carbon and liveable as well as competitive.
  • European Territorial Cooperation programme
    A European exchange and learning programme to promote sustainable urban development.
  • Network of major European cities
    A network of elected local and municipal governments of major European cities whose objective is to reinforce the role of local government in a multilevel governance structure. It aims to shape the opinions of Brussels stakeholders and ultimately shift the focus of European Union legislation to allow city governments to tackle strategic challenges on a local level.
  • AGE-FRIENDLY (European Commission)
    The project aims to fill a major gap in existing literature on active ageing by providing a substantial research base for assisting the development of age-friendly cities.
  • AIRPURE (European Commission)
    Investigation of air pollution including distribution of gas and 2.5-µm particulate matter over European megacities by satellite observation and multiscale modelling.
  • EURO-URHIS 1 (European Commission)
    The project will contribute to the development of a sustainable urban health information and knowledge system.
  • EURO-URHIS 2 (European Commission)
    Using indicators to inform policy.
  • PURGE (European Commission)
    The project examines the health impacts of greenhouse gas reduction policies in urban settings in Europe, China and India, using case studies of 3-4 large urban centres and three smaller urban centres. Sets of realistic interventions that are tailored to local needs are proposed to meet GHG Emissions goals for 2020, 2030 and 2050.
  • Smart Cities (European Commission)
    In line with the European Union Strategy 2020, the project aims to foster smart cities and communities that promote social innovation and inclusiveness with economic innovation and environmental sustainability. The main objective is to show how public services can be organised in an open, innovative way. Citizens are at the core of the system, and local authorities support their ideas for improving their well-being.
  • URGENCHE (European Commission)
    Urban Reduction of GHG Emissions in China and Europe (URGENCHE) is a project bringing together a team of internationally recognised scientists to develop and apply a methodological framework for the assessment of the overall risks and benefits of alternative greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction policies for health and well-being in China and Europe.
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