Global report on urban health: equitable, healthier cities for sustainable development

The Global report on urban health: equitable, healthier cities for sustainable development, 2016 presents new data on the health of urban residents from nearly 100 countries, updating the first joint WHO-UN Habitat global report on urban health titled Hidden cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings. The new Global Report deconstructs the complex challenges of health and health inequity in cities everywhere. It presents a special analysis on the impact of persistent urban health inequities on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It sets a baseline for the new global health and development agenda in the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage. It also presents evidence that in cities, progress in health depends not only on the strength of health systems, but also on shaping healthier urban environments. This Global Report presents practical, proven solutions for working across sectors to tackle these 21st century health challenges. It presents examples of effective actions by cities and nations around the world and the successes that have been achieved.

Publication highlight: Urban HEART

Urban HEART is a user-friendly guide for local and national officials to identify health inequities and plan actions to reduce them. Using evidence from WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health, Urban HEART encourages policy-makers to develop a holistic approach in tackling health equity.

Hidden Cities: Unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings

The rapid increase of people living in cities is one of the most important global health issues of the 21st century. In this joint WHO/UN-HABITAT report, the latest information on urbanization trends and the pressing need to address health inequities in cities is presented. The report is aimed at unmasking and overcoming these health inequities in urban settings and includes practical examples and recommendations on specific evidence-based interventions.

Heat waves, floods and the health impacts of climate change

The “Heat waves, floods and the health impacts of climate change: A prototype training workshop for city officials (WHO, 2010)” is a training package, which targets city officials as its primary users aimed at developing competencies in:

  • understanding climate change;
  • understanding how it impacts health; and
  • developing means of adapting to climate change.

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Publications by Kobe Centre

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Annual reports

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