Report on the Global Forum on Urbanization and Health
15-17 November, 2010, Kobe, Japan
The Global Forum on Urbanization and Health took place in the context of increased international attention to the effects and consequences of urbanization, particularly on public health. Throughout the Forum, political leaders including city mayors, governors and ministers highlighted in clear terms that improving public health by addressing health inequities in cities is crucial to managing urbanization and securing the social and economic welfare of city dwellers.
Among the issues discussed at the Forum, four stood out and were considered as critical to advancing urban health:
- Urban health equity;
- Working across sectors and integrating health in all urban policies;
- Urban planning and community engagement; and
- Leadership and political commitment.