Japan’s annual total number of suicides dipped below 30,000 people for the first time in 15 years in 2012. However, Numbers of suicides in Japan are still 7 times higher than deaths due to traffic accidents. Japan has one of the world's highest suicide rates. Factors in suicide are quite complex, from social and personal factors. However, it is important to know that suicide can be prevented and the support as the community is the key for its prevention.
In the Forum, global and national trends on suicide, the importance of a comprehensive approach (medically and socially), and identification of some tools that can help planners, will be discussed by WHO and national experts. This will help contribute to the local community’s efforts for suicide prevention.
2nd WHO Consultation on Developing Age-friendly City Indicators, 8 September 2013, Québec City, Canada
The WHO Centre for Health Development (WKC) conducted the 2nd Consultation on Developing Age-friendly City Indicators on 8 September, 2013 in Québec City, Canada. This consultation is part of a series of consultations, started in 2012, organized by WKC in an effort to develop new technical guidance on monitoring the “age-friendliness” of cities. The objective of this consultation was to obtain expert opinion on how to advance the development of an age-friendly city monitoring framework and core indicator set.
The consultation was held as a pre-conference meeting to the 2nd International Conference on Age Friendly Cities (9-11 September 2013, Quebec, Canada).
The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a qualified professional (or team of professionals) to undertake the production of a guide for establishing, operating, and sustaining an Urban Health Observatory at the local government level, building upon the work that WKC and its collaborators have achieved to date, and taking into consideration the outcomes of a related expert consultation held in 2012.
The deadline for submission is 10 November 2013.
WKC at the 3rd International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative, Kitakyushu, Japan, 19 October 2013
The 3rd International Forum on the “FutureCity” Initiative was held in Kitakyushu on 19 October 2013, under the theme of “Creation of new value through integrating environmental, social and economic value.” The Forum was hosted by the Cabinet Secretariat and the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government.
At the invitation of the Cabinet Office, WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) presented in the session dedicated to “Evaluation system of participatory governance toward self-sustained development”, and took part in a panel discussion with representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank, Malaysian Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and Keio University.
More information can be found on the website of the "FutureCity" initiative.
World Health Day 2013
International Health Emergencies
World No Tobacco Day 2012
– Stop tobacco industry interference
World Health Day 2012 – Ageing and Health
Kaigo yobo interventions: the state of the art and future challenges in Japan
Joint Forum on Health Security and Emergency Management (Infectious Disease Control)
Urbanization, social disparities and their impact on mental health
“Make my town smoke-free: measures from cities to stop secondhand smoke”