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This is some illustrative information, links and activities from Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic Network presented in English. For all the other information please use the Google Translate Toolbar (down on the left side on the Czech home page).

What does the Czech Healthy Cities Network offer (not only) to its member? What services can its cities, towns and regions use?

We have created a brand new promotional material of benefits and network services, that our network (HCCZ) provides to its members – cities, towns and regions of the Czech Republic.
The leaflet includes a clear overview of what HCCZ does in the area of civic participation, sustainable development or project and quality management. We provide knowhow, share good practice and promote and inspire across many stakeholders on national, international and local level. We would like you to join and share your experience – you´ll see, it´s worth it!
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Starting autumn, Czech Healthy Cities have increased options of following ...

Social media... besides our very popular Facebook, which is shared amongst 14 000 users, we have created INSTAGRAGM and TWITTER. Both accounts are focused on sharing brand new inspirations, interesting pictures, news from sustainable development field and good practice not only from the Czech Republic, but from international partners and networks as well.
We would like to invite you to become followers of this sharing experience that helps spread sustainable development even further!

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Why is it good to be a Healthy Region: the Vysocina Region (magazine “For Cities and Municipalities”, October 2017)


Healthy Cities provide its members with methodological support in implementing activities related to the Healthy Region Program or Local Agenda 21. The Healthy Cities staff are ready to offer advice personally or virtually at any time. A major advantage of membership is the possibility to exchange experience and good (but also bad) practices with other members of the network dealing with similar issues. The coordinator of the Vysocina Healthy Region Program and LA21 makes use of the possibility of accredited training and acquiring new specialized information at Healthy Cities Schools. These training events are also an opportunity for face-to-face meetings between coordinators and politicians from Healthy Cities and Regions, and other prominent figures from all over the Czech Republic.

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Experience, good practice and cooperation at the Autumn HEALTHY CITIES SCHOOL 2017

The traditional autumn meeting of not only Healthy Cities but also for other participants, held between 1-3 November 2017, was attended by more than 130 representatives of cities, towns and regions from all over the Czech Republic, as well as NGOs and other partner organizations. The introductory seminar of the Autumn Healthy Cities School provided inspiration for topics such as financial resources, quality of local authorities, sustainable development, health promotion, clean mobility, data processing, involvement of entrepreneurs, emotional maps, school fora or the Antifetfest film festival.
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Czech HC network members set a high standard in a nationwide comparison of implementing Local Agenda 21

The aspirants striving for the highest “A” and “B” categories of LA21 presented their progress towards sustainable development at seminars held in cities. The Healthy cities of Chrudim, Litomerice, Koprivnice, Jihlava and the town of Krizanky presented their practical procedures, results and experience in their prestigious presentations heard by the representatives of the ministries and experts on sustainable development. Due to their systemic approach, the above members of Healthy municipalities and regions are the most successful implementers of the LA21 quality standard in the Czech Republic.
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Czech Healthy Cities rank high in PARTICIPATION RATE INDEX

Developed by the organization Democracy 21, the "Participation rate index" evaluates the activities of towns in relation to public involvement, communication and transparency. The index evaluates the situation of the years 2015 - 2016 in the largest cities of the Czech Republic (Prague + 100 largest cities + 50 municipal districts with over 10,000 inhabitants). The resulting index value is the sum of assessments of 21 indicators. They are interconnected and cover 6 categories (transparency, communication, involvement, inclusion, implementation, evaluation).
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SAVE THE DATE: Czech Healthy Cities and Regions Conference "SUSTAINABLE CITY", 7.12.2017

The Czech Healthy Cities and Regions Conference "SUSTAINABLE CITY" will take place on December 7th 2017 in the Jalta Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. The event will be open by a workshop together with international partners and will focus on sharing of good practice and inspirations from cities and regions in topics such as quality management at municipal level, sustainability, public participation, planning and management and interntional cooperation.
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European National Networks of Healthy Cities met in Prague. Czech Healthy Cities offered and also got many inspirations.

mid-September (18-20 September 2017) the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic had the honour to host an international meeting of the WHO Healthy Cities Networks of the European Region. The event was held under the aegis of the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen and the WHO Country Office in Prague, and in cooperation with the UN Information Centre Prague and the City of Prague, which kindly provided the historic premises of the Old Town Hall. The meeting was attended by the Healthy Cities representatives – national coordinators and political representatives from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Great Britain as well as from Russia, Turkey and Israel. Conducted mainly in the form of discussions and teamwork, the objective of the meeting was to frame visions of further development and to evaluate the international WHO Healthy City/Region programme, which will celebrate 30 years of existence in 2018 as a European initiative aimed at promoting health, sustainable development and the quality of life. The participants reflected on the responsibility of various national networks and mutual inspirations etc. An emphasis was placed on finding ways to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while maintaining local specificities of the countries involved in the WHO Healthy City Project.
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In October, Healthy Cities will host the traditional Health Days campaign

The traditional Health Days campaign celebrating healthy lifestyles will take place mostly in the first half of October. The diversity of themes and the involvement of expert partners in various cities make it the biggest event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles in the Czech Republic.
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Public Fora in Healthy Cities are successful both with the public and town halls

In September 2017, forty-seven Healthy Cities public fora took place. The Healthy City Forum of Litomerice attracted the highest number of participants, including 200 citizens. By the end of this year, there will be sixteen more meetings like these held in towns, municipalities and regions of the Czech Republic.
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The European Mobility Week took place: Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions joined this year too

The European Mobility Week - EMW (16. - 22. 9.), which has been held annually since 2002, is aimed at promoting safe and ecological means of transportation in cities and municipalities. This year too, Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic, which were one of its first implementers in the Czech Republic, joined the campaign.
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The WHO Ministerial Conference adopted the "Ostrava Declaration", European Healthy Cities and Regions play an important role

The World Health Organization hosted the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Ostrava from 13 to 15 June 2017. The conference brought together 500 delegates and observers from 53 member countries from the WHO European Region, as well as representatives from Canada, the Philippines and the U.S. and 15 international and non-governmental organisations. In three days, 9 plenary sessions and 16 side events took place addressing issues such as air quality, chemical safety, climate change, waste, water and sanitation services, and life in cities. The vital link between the quality of the environment and the health of the population was repeatedly demonstrated with, for the first time, a strong emphasis on the role of cities and regions in achieving sustainable development and implementing international goals and targets of Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda (SDGs).
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