Resolutions

WPR/RC61.R6

Healthy Settings

The Regional Committee,

Noting that progress has been achieved in implementing resolution WPR/RC49.R6 on Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands;

Acknowledging that healthy settings approaches can offer effective ways to address public health priorities and integrate health promotion and health protection;

Reaffirming that factors such as political commitment, community support, multisectoral participation, local ownership, and social, environmental and economic determinants of health contribute greatly to successful Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands programmes;

Recognizing that the Healthy Cities approach has been widely applied in many countries and areas through the Alliance for Healthy Cities, and the vision of Healthy Islands has been promoted by Pacific island health ministers and implemented in many communities in the Pacific;

Noting, further, that recent rapid economic, environmental and social changes call for scaling up and revitalizing the Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands approaches,

1. URGES Member States:

(1) to advocate for Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands as multisectoral approaches to establish partnerships between health and other development sectors;

(2) to support existing networks of technical resource institutions and, where appropriate, establish new networks for further development of Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands;

(3) to coordinate and provide multisectoral support to Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands activities, and designate national focal points for communications with WHO and other international partners;

(4) to establish mechanisms for and to share information and experiences, and to recognize best practices in Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands activities;

2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to promote the Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands as multisectoral approaches in the areas of health and development and to strengthen partnerships with other international agencies to support these approaches;

(2) to support existing networks and, where appropriate, establish new networks of technical resource institutions, and strengthen collaboration with the Alliance for Healthy Cities and other relevant organizations;

(3) to support Member States in establishing and strengthening national multisectoral coordinating mechanisms for development and implementation of Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands;

(4) to continue to support best practices, recognizing Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands achievements;

(5) to develop regional frameworks for Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands for future interventions and programmes.

Seventh meeting
WPR/RC61/SR/7

14 October 2010


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