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WHO Say Five More Years For Belfast Health

Belfast receives top World Health Organization recognition and is commended for contribution to the Healthy Cities programme across Europe.

Belfast has joined cities from across Europe in being designated as a World Health Organization Healthy City for the sixth phase of the programme.

The WHO Healthy Cities Network is a global movement engaging a range of stakeholders at the local level to improve intersectoral action with the aim of reducing inequalities and delivering better health and wellbeing for all, particularly vulnerable groups.

The designation was confirmed by Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, who congratulated Belfast on the standard of its application: “Your city shows evidence of commitment and principles of Health for all and sustainable development and commitment to fulfil the specific requirements of Phase VI.” Dr Jakab went on to highlight the important contribution Belfast makes on a European level: “Working as close partners with us, your experience and active engagement will provide valuable know-how in developing knowledge, tools and expertise that can benefit all European Member States.”

Accepting designation on behalf of the city, Cllr Steven Corr, Chair of the Health and Environmental Services Committee and Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency both welcomed Belfast’s continuing involvement in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

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