Cities identified as key actor in European Environmental and Health Process
In preparation of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which will take place in 2017, stakeholders of the European Environmental and Health Process (EHP) have identified cities as a key actor contributing to the elimination of the most significant environmental threats to human health. The EHP is co-ordinated by the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe
Given the fact that cities produce 80 percent of global GDP, consume 75 percent of natural resources, and produce 50 percent of global waste and 60-80 percent of global GHG emissions, they have a major role to play. This is particularly the case in improving the well-being of citizens and making a positive impact on different determinants of health, such as water, biodiversity, healthcare, housing or food production.
ICLEI Europe took part in a preparatory meeting of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, with a focus on cities and on how to create links between national governments and their regional or local counterparts. Participants in the meeting also discussed how interventions should be prioritised to reduce health inequalities and mitigate climate change.