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Healthy Cities CZ

Healthy Cities
of the Czech Republic

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

This is just some illustrative information and chosen activities from Czech Healthy Cities translated into English.
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HCCZ currently associate 107 members of various sizes - from small municipalities and their associations to statutory cities and regions. In the course of 2012, the association with 19 years of tradition in the CZ extended its ranks with 6 new members: towns of Brandys nad Labem-Stara Boleslav, Krnov, municipalities Bory, Jesenice, Křídla and City District of Praha 21.(7.1.2013)
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A number of thematic meetings and events not only for HCCZ members took place in 2012. The members and other interested parties met for three times at Healthy City Schools and were presented many interesting projects and collaboration offers on various subjects from the part of professional partners. Two other events were dedicated to the last-mentioned topic - the March training for politicians and representatives of Healthy City authorities, where they could test the current condition of strategic management in their cities and consequently also an independent HCCZ Thematic Section that took place in May in Prague and introduced the current affairs on the national level and examples from practice. In 2012, HCCZ also participated in organisation of an interesting international seminar "The City We Create". At the end of the year, the Kaiserštejn Palace in Prague hosted the prestigious Exhibition of Best Local Agendas 21 as a part of HCCZ 2012 Conference. The 2012 events have been attended by almost 500 interested parties from the ranks of municipalities and regions, schools, non-profit organisations and other professional organisations, institutions or companies.(7.1.2013)
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In 2012, HCCZ members won a number of awards for successes in various areas of development. Healthy Cities repeatedly succeeded in the finals of competition held under the UN title of "The International Awards for Liveable Communities" or "The LivCom Awards", held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The Healthy City of Chrudim won the highest award, among others winning the first place in the main competition (in the category of 20 to 75 thousand inhabitants). The third spot was taken by the Healthy City Jihlava. The Healthy City of Uherske Hradiste this year won the silver award in the international competition of "Entente Florale Europe".(7.1.2013)
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Healthy City Forum is a regular annual meeting with the public, where the most thorny problems of the municipality they live in are discussed. In the 2012, Healthy City Forum took place in 43 Healthy Cities, Municipalities and Regions and more than 4,300 of those who care actively for the development of the place they live in gathered there. The attendance of events grew by 25% since the last year. So called "Young Forums" also took place in the Healthy Cities in 2012. Engagement of young people directly in the "Healthy City Forum", where young people formulate the problems related directly to themselves at their own table, also proved successful.(7.1.2013)
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The database of Healthy Cities contains a number of interesting pieces of information, inspiration and examples of practice from the cities, municipalities, sub-regions and regions. As to the end of 2012 you will find there 190 best practice examples from various areas pf life in the municipalities, such as living environment, transportation, social services, free time etc. The database also includes model solutions, so called thematic circles or so called "fragments" - short clear examples of what has proven successful in practice and what may inspire others. In the year 2013, the collection of best practice examples will concentrate primarily on the issue of volunteering and public service, engagement of young people in the municipal development and active ageing.(7.1.2013)
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On May 10, 2012 a HCCZ Thematic Section dedicated to the issue of strategic planning and management took place at Novotneho Lavka in Prague. The event was attended by 80 persons, primarily by representatives of municipalities, but also of companies and organisations that deal with the issue actively. The attendants of the event familiarised with approved methods and experience that can be employed in preparation or update of development strategies in the cities, municipalities or regions. (25.6.2012)
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In March 2012, after two-year work of experts from universities and other specialist workplaces in the Czech Republic as well as that of practitioners from the cities, the "Methodology for evaluation of Local Agenda category A" has been approved. In the CZ, LA21 has a chart of quality of the participating municipalities and regions - from the "applicants" to categories "D", "C", "B" ending with the highest category "A". It is for this very last category that precise guidelines and procedures of how to measure it were missing. For this reason, the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic in collaboration with a number of university experts and other representatives of specialised workplaces tested the proposed Methodology in practice.(25.6.2012)
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The opening conference on European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 in the Czech Republic has taken place in Prague, in the building of Černínský Palace on March 1, 2012. The event has been organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs with a support from the part of European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic. The event has been opened by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jaromír Drábek, followed by a number of interesting guests and organisations. Practical examples from the practice of municipalities and regions have been also presented by the representatives of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic, who also mentioned the international programme of "Senior-friendly Cities" which is open to all municipalities and which is covered by this association in the CZ with Governmental support.(18.3.2012)
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The Ministry of Interior annually awards the successful procedures of local self-administrations in the field of public administration quality. Members of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic had a strong presence among the awarded parties for 2011. Application of Local Agenda 21 (LA21) as one of efficient methods of quality in public administration has been awarded within Ministry of Interior Awards for Quality and Innovation.(18.3.2012)
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At its meeting of January 11, 2012, the CZ government approved a long-prepared "Strategy of Local Agenda 21 support in the CZ until 2020". The document defines the steps necessary for the support of wider application of this international programme within the practice of Czech municipalities, micro-regions and regions. Local Agenda 21 is a tool for improvement of quality in public administration. It concentrates on strategic municipal management, engagement of the public and building of local partnerships. The main objective specified by the UN as early as in 1992 is to support systematic approach to sustainable development on the local or regional level. (18.3.2012)
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The international ICLEI organisation, whose main objective lies in the support of collaboration of cities in activities related with sustainable development, within the project "Informed Cities" organises regular "Round Tables" that should help to connect the results of newest researches and common practice in municipalities. The Round Table that took place on February 16th and 17th in London followed the autumn meeting in Naples, Italy, whose participants discussed the measurement of sustainability of cities in collaboration with research organisations. The Round Table in London, from the CZ attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic, primarily dealt with the prepared UN World Summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro - a conference on sustainable development that follows the Earth Summit of 1992 and is referred to as "Rio+20".(18.3.2012)
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Members of the National Network of CZ Healthy Cities again participated at this year's international LivCom Awards, whose finals took place at the end of October in the Soul-Songpa, South Korea. Representatives of cities from across the globe competed in disciplines related to improvement of the living environment and improvement of the quality of life of their inhabitants. The Healthy City Jihlava won the Silver Prize and third place in the category of 20 to 75 thousand inhabitants. The Healthy City of Chrudim won three awards this year: Gold Prize for the project of "Healthy City of Chrudim - A City Worth Living In", Gold Prize and second place for the project of "Reconstruction of St Joseph Church and Monastery Gardens" and Gold Prize for the fulfilment of criteria within the category of "Healthy Lifestyle". The Healthy City of Tábor and the Town of Kladno also made it to the finals. (6.11.2011)
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