Launch event: Healthy Cities, Healthy People

November 23, 2021 2:00 pm
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GCH supports the Healthy Cities, Healthy People initiative by UN-Habitat, WHO, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum  and others.


Urban leaders are essential partners in the fight against infectious and vector borne diseases in cities and towns because of their influence over urban infrastructure. The spread of diseases like malaria, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases is directly linked to housing, waste management and urban infrastructure, yet mayors and local government leaders are rarely at the centre of national disease action plans.

Healthy Cities, Healthy People is an initiative to be launched under the Commonwealth umbrella, putting city and local government leaders at the heart of national and global development debates, calling for more support, expertise and resources to be directed towards healthy urban centres.

The initiative has gained momentum as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted the vulnerability of urban communities to infectious diseases, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Poor quality and unregulated housing, overcrowding, lack of water and sanitation, waste management and limited economic opportunities are all critical to people’s health, yet they fall outside the conventional responsibilities of health ministries and are often under local government control.

These factors not only impact on urban resilience in the face of current health threats, they also compromise the ability of towns and cities to withstand future pandemics and hold developing countries back from achieving broader development goals.

The purpose of this event is to showcase the Healthy Cities Healthy People Common Position and Commitment to Action and provide the impetus for a new wave of cooperation and investment to make cities and towns healthy and prosperous places, across the Commonwealth and beyond.




  • Showcase the Healthy Cities Healthy People agenda to national, local government and city leaders, funders, private sector partners and technical experts and allies.
  • Launch the Common Position and Commitment to Action to the World Cities Day audience.
  • Generate commitments to action by city and local government leaders across the Commonwealth and beyond, particularly in addressing infectious and vector borne disease including malaria, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
  • Encourage international health advocates, experts on the built environment, philanthropic and other supporters to support the Healthy Cities, Healthy People agenda.
  • Enable the Commonwealth Local Government Forum to bring together city leaders with urban health experts and other partners under the Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network and other networks.
  • Raise the profile of urban health leadership in national and global fora; engage a range of government, private sector and civil society partners.




To participate, join the webinar through Zoom using the password HCHP.