Project
2017

Urban Health and Well-being

Health

Overview

While aggregate global health status has improved substantially in recent decades, these gains have not been distributed evenly and there is rising international concern about global epidemics of non-communicable diseases, mental health problems and emerging infectious diseases. Urban environments are important determinants of human health.

Cities are now the dominant human habitat and for the foreseeable future most population growth will be in urban areas. During the next 20-30 years, the UN estimates 2-3 billion more people will need to be housed in cities – an additional 1 million every week. In future, protecting and promoting health will increasingly depend on decisions made within and about urban systems. While urbanization has contributed to overall declines in poverty, emerging challenges put the health and well-being of people in cities at risk. Therefore, a better understanding of the linkages, dynamics and complexities of urban environments is needed.

IAP has joined the International Science Council and the International Society for Urban Health in an Urban Health & Wellbeing programme that proposes a new conceptual framework for considering the multi-factorial nature of both the determinants and the manifestations of health and well-being in urban populations.

Leading Organization

Project

Publications

People and Institutions

Contact Person
Working group

Resources

Sustainable Development Goals
Publication 2020 Agenda in African Cities
Energy, Environment & Climate, Health
Publication air pollution and health
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Air Pollution and Health LEADING AUTHORING INSTITUTION:
Health
Publication Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment - cover

Other resources

The G20 Health Ministers met in Mar del Plata, Argentina on October 4th, 2018 to reaffirm their commitment to building consensus for sustainable development considering health as one of the keys to achieving these goals worldwide.

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