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Belt and Road Symposium on Urban Health and Wellbeing

Call for contributions for a symposium that aims to put health at the centre of China’s Belt & Road Initiative.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (also known as One Belt, One Road) is one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most ambitious foreign and economic policies. It aims to strengthen Beijing’s economic leadership through a vast program of infrastructure building throughout China’s neighbouring regions. China’s Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a vast developmental plan for the region. The plan includes 65 countries, which together accounted for one-third of global GDP and 60 percent of the world’s population.

ICSU’s Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme, together with the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Chinese Academy of Science and Technology (CAST), ICSU Regional Office Asia Pacific (ROAP), and the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), will hold a symposium that aims to put health at the centre of China’s Belt & Road Initiative.

Healthy economies, however need healthy people and healthy environments, which is at the core China’s vision to build a Health Silk Road in cooperation with the World Health Organisation. While urban health can combine the various health related urban initiatives, B&R can bring people together to synthesize the knowledge on how to achieve and measure urban health across the region.

Integrated systems governance across urban sectors is an important strategy to improve health and wellbeing in cities. The symposium will provide an opportunity to present evidence and case studies on the co-benefits which can be generated by putting health to the core of all urban sectors.

Call for contributions

We call for contributions on all topics of urban health in the Asia-Pacific region. Please submit your proposed contribution as abstract (300 words) by April 30.

Selected abstracts will be invited to submit full manuscripts by July 31.

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