The SDGs and the New Urban Agenda have set a monumental task for the world, with a first-ever focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with urban areas. In developing economies, many urban challenges are compounded by the threat of climate change, by widespread informal settlements, and by the long-term health effects of the built environment. Across all nations, the challenge of effectively managing the process of urbanisation to prevent disease and improve health outcomes presents a critical challenge. Achieving the NUA and the SDGs in urban areas requires ownership of these agendas not only at the national level, but also at the local and individual level.
ICUH 2018 provides an opportunity for practitioners, academics, communities, and policymakers from all levels to share knowledge and learning from around the world to help stimulate effective management of our urban areas for health and health equity.
The conference has identified six critical sub-themes that must be addressed to maximise the positive impact of urbanisation and create cities that promote health in all settings where people live, work, play, and learn:
- The Governance of Complex Systems
- Culture and Inclusivity
- Disasters, Epidemics, and the Unexpected
- Cities as Economic Engines
- Safety, Security, and Justice
- Spiritual Health in the City