Scope And Purpose
Provisional scope and purpose  
This is the fifth Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks in Phase V. The WHO European Network consists of 98 cities. In addition, 30 national healthy cities networks in Europe have more than 1400 cities and towns as members.

The conferences of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks are mainly political and strategic and always include a strong political presence from the participating cities and networks.

The Izmir Conference, similar to the 2012 St Petersburg Conference, will be organized in close collaboration with the WHO Regions for Health Network. The aim is to emphasize the importance of the subnational level for policy and governance for health and well-being and to promote synergy and cross-fertilization between the networks of cities and regions.

The overarching theme of the Conference this year is Innovation and Shared Governance for Health and Well-Being. This theme will be explored through three main strands: health in all local policies; building resilient communities; and considering the implications of new compelling evidence on the economics of public health.

The emphasis will be on innovation and leadership, drawing on the most recent evidence and experience from across the WHO European Region and beyond. The programme will include presentations on practical applications of health in all policies and whole-of-government approaches; new evidence on the economic case for health promotion and disease prevention; what it takes to build resilient communities; and dealing with the impact of the economic crisis.

Objectives of the Conference 
1. To share and learn from the best available evidence together with innovative and practical approaches on shared and smart governance for health, equity and well-being at the local and regional levels.
2. To broaden understanding of the consequences of austerity – vulnerability and health and opportunities for strengthening public health and investing in resilient communities
3. To explore mechanisms for establishing dialogue with the Private Sector
4. To start the process of evaluating Phase V and to launch and explain the content and goals of Phase VI.

The meeting will address the following questions.

Vertical and horizontal governance: What are the approaches that work in approaching and engaging other sectors in demonstrating co-benefits and the co-production of health through intersectoral action and in establishing synergy between the local, regional and national levels? What is the role of legislation – what scope for action does public health legislation provide for
cities?

Strategic choices: Which types of leadership, policies, strategies and shared governance mechanisms would make the greatest difference in addressing the main public health challenges in European cities today? What is the added value of and the range of approaches to city health development plans that draw on the contribution of various local stakeholders? How to act under resource constrains?

Inequalities and economics of health: How can local leaders support innovation to combat health inequalities? How can the economic and fairness arguments for investing in health be made clearly and convincingly? How can we demonstrate that healthy city initiatives make a difference in the efforts of municipal governments to improve health and reduce inequalities? How can addressing austerity be an opportunity for strengthening community health?

Promoting health: How can cities effectively support health promotion and disease prevention policies and initiatives? How can cities promote practices that create protective, supportive and health-promoting physical, economic and social environments?

The themes of the conference reflect the principles, goals and approaches of Health 2020, the new European policy and strategy for health, which the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted in September 2012. The Conference will also draw on the outcomes and conclusions of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion – Health in All Policies, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 10–14 June 2013.

The Conference will also provide space and time on two key issues: starting the Phase V evaluation process and officially launching the Phase VI package. Making progress on all core themes is a permanent feature of the annual conferences. In addition to the special themes of this year’s Conference, participants are therefore encouraged to submit case studies on Phase V work focusing on lessons learned.

The Conference will be structured around plenary sessions for keynote addresses and debates, subplenary sessions for presenting and discussing case studies from cities and regions (emphasizing the lessons learned), strategic workshops and teach-ins. In addition, there will be two business sessions at the start and the end of the Conference and parallel meetings of all the thematic sub-networks and the Regions for Health Network. The programme also includes guidance sessions for the Phase V evaluation and will offer a platform or testimonials and story telling in this connection.

Two sessions for politicians are planned, one in a plenary panel and a health leadership seminar for politicians. The programme includes coordinators’ meetings, individual meetings with cities and site visits in the second part of the afternoon on the second day of the Conference.

Expected participants
The expected participants will be:
• delegations from the cities participating in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, which will include the mayor or lead politician, the city coordinator and selected focal points identified to work on the conference and Phase V core themes;
• delegations from national healthy cities networks, which will include the political chair of the network, the coordinator, a representative of the health ministry and the regions and one or two observers from member cities;
• invited dignitaries, keynote speakers, resource experts and advisers;
• delegations and representatives of the WHO Regions for Health Network;
• representatives from countries in the European Region currently not involved in the Healthy Cities movement; and
• representatives of the European Commission, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the Council of Europe, other international agencies and the World Institute of Glocal and Cities’ Diplomacy.

About 350–400 people are expected to attend the Izmir Conference.

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