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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).

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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The Healthy Cities Summer School 2017 provided updates on grants, addressed the issue of adaptation to climate change and generated many inspirational ideas

On Wednesday 22 March 2017, the Healthy City of Moravska Trebova launched the Healthy Cities Summer School 2017 – a traditional meeting of the representatives of municipalities and regions from all over the Czech Republic. It was attended by 110 representatives of cities, towns and regions and partner organisations. The main topics covered at the introductory seminar included: financial resources, quality of local authorities, sustainable development, waste management, adaptation to climate change, cooperation of cities with student companies, promotion of entrepreneurship and the offer to create emotional maps.
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Members of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic took part in the "European Sustainable Development Week 2017"

As in previous years, the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) took place from 30 May to 5 June. It is a European-wide project aimed at disseminating the idea of sustainable development and encouraging initiatives in support of it. The main organizers of activities of this campaign are Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions of the Czech Republic.
All projects and activities which are thematically related to sustainable development and are not purely commercial could be part of the ESDW. The activities were divided according to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced by the UN in autumn 2015.
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Healthy Cities held the "Days without Accidents 2017" campaign

Involving annually a number of Healthy cities, towns and regions, and held mainly in the first half of June, the campaign called “Days without Accidents” is aimed at accident prevention. The awareness activities, which are organised as part of this campaign, were focused primarily on road traffic accidents and accidents in schools and sports grounds. Since the most vulnerable group to be involved in road traffic accidents are children and the elderly, a series of lectures were held in nurseries and primary schools, and special events were also dedicated to the safety of the elderly. Furthermore, first aid training to provide assistance in case of injuries and accidents was an essential part of the campaign.
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Healthy Cities held the WHO “World No Tobacco Day” campaign

The World No Tobacco Day is an international campaign aimed at preventing tobacco-related diseases. Supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign was traditionally celebrated on 31 May and was joined by a number of members of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic.
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The Meeting of Regions 2017 to discuss the Healthy Region Programme was highly inspirational

On 16 May 2017, the traditional Meeting of Healthy Regions of the Czech Republic took place. This year, it was hosted by the Vysocina Healthy Region and organised by Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic.
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Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic endorsed the global Basque Declaration of Sustainable Cities

Being a member of a number of important international associations of cities and regions, the association of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic has been actively engaged at international level. In connection with its active involvement in ICLEI – a global association of local governments working towards sustainable development, Healthy Cities endorsed the Basque Declaration, a key document building on the Aalborg Charter, and thus became a part of the global platform of Sustainable Cities.
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