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Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
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Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association was founded in 1998 to promote health conditions in urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region and to support the programmes of WHO, which concentrate on urban health issues. Since 2002 the Association has been a WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region.

The background for the activities of the Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association is in the WHO Healthy Cities principles, which offer comprehensive policy and planning solutions to urban health problems. Healthy Cities engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional changes, capacity building, partnership-based plans and concrete actions.

Terms of reference
WHO has approved the following terms of reference for the Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association:
  1. To support WHO in assisting cities in the Baltic Sea Region in implementing WHO's Healthy Cities' goals and motivate new cities into joining the Network.
  2. To support WHO in building capacity for health and well-being in the strategic and policy priority action areas of Health 2020 by bringing appropriate expertise to the local level with relevant institutions and organisations.
  3. To support WHO in enhancing the visibility of the Healthy Cities operations and importance of health equity in the Baltic Sea Region.
  4. To assist WHO in networking with local, national and international health and well-being experts (including other WHO CCs).
  5. To support WHO in developing further research and development cooperation with Turku Urban Research Programme and member organisations of the Association.
  6. To assist WHO in strengthening health promotion leadership and health literacy knowledge.

Main goal and activities
The Association aims at increasing the awareness of the local governments to take health as a central part in their decision making in the cities belonging to the Healthy Cities Networks and other interested actors.

This is achieved by facilitating and participating in projects; organising training and seminars on topics associated with Healthy Cities core themes. Benchmarking between network cities is promoted and new cities, networks and projects invited in the WHO related programmes.

The activities of the Association are aiming to strengthen the skills of the cities belonging to the Healthy Cities Networks and other interested actors to integrate health in their strategies and operations.


The Association works with all 10 countries around the Baltic Sea Region. The work is especially targeted to:
  1. the cities in the WHO Healthy Cities network,
  2. the cities in the National Healthy Cities networks and
  3. the cities/municipalities interested to join these networks.
Main target groups are politicians and decision makers of the local governments, civil servants and officers of local and national administrations, Healthy City coordinators, and researchers and experts in universities and institutions. 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 09:44