Hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, World Health Organization, Vital Strategies and the Mayor of London.

15 March 2023, London – The inaugural Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC) Summit today convenes mayors and officials from more than 50 cities across the globe to discuss proven interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, and the best practices that are saving lives and creating healthier, more vibrant cities.

Noncommunicable diseases – including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – and injuries are responsible for 80% of all deaths globally. With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders are uniquely positioned to transform the fight against NCDs and injuries and reduce preventable deaths by implementing policies that are proven to prevent exposure to risk factors. 

Since the Partnership for Healthy Cities was founded in 2017, members of the 70-city global network have been implementing Partnership-supported projects and pursuing stronger public health policies in a number of areas, including tobacco control, food policy, road safety, strengthening surveillance of NCDs and overdose prevention.

The Summit will be held in-person on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

Attending mayors include:

  • Mayor Sadiq Khan, London, UK
    PHC focus area: Reducing children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drink through advertising restrictions
  • Intendent Martín Llaryora, Córdoba, Argentina
    PHC focus area: Promoting healthy eating in schools 
  • Governor Claudio Orrego Larraín, Santiago, Chile
    PHC focus area: Developing metropolitan mobility policy         
  • Mayor Chilando Chitangala, Lusaka, Zambia
    PHC focus area: Reducing road traffic injuries, with a special focus on women and children    
  • Mayor Se-hoon Oh, Seoul, South Korea
    PHC focus area: Increasing smoke-free compliance in public areas         
  • Mayor Carolina Mejía, Santo Domingo, DR
    PHC focus area: Reducing speeding on urban avenues      
  • Mayor Santiago Guarderas, Quito, Ecuador
    PHC focus area: Promoting healthy school environments 
  • Mayor José Sarto, Fortaleza, Brazil
    PHC focus area: Improving air quality      
  • Mayor Joy Belmonte, Quezon City, Philippines
    PHC focus area: Pursuing healthier restaurant environments, with a focus on menu labeling 
  • Mayor Elizabeth Sackey, Accra, Ghana
    PHC focus area: Reducing traffic fatalities through new safety designs 
  • Mayor Rosy Senanayake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    PHC focus area: Increasing nutritional standards in canteens 
  • Mayor Barthélémy Toye Dias, Dakar, Senegal
    PHC focus area: Improving nutritional standards in public restaurants, with a focus on salt consumption 
  • Mayor Denise Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Freetown, Sierra Leone
    PHC focus area: Reducing consumption of salt in markets and hospitals
  • Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kampala, Uganda
    PHC focus area: Reducing air pollution using human-centered design and co-creation methodologies 
  • Mayor Balendra Shah, Kathmandu, Nepal
    PHC focus area: Conducting air quality surveillance
  • Mayor Maurice Konaté, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    PHC focus area: Developing a policy requiring healthier foods in schools and hospitals, with a focus on reducing sugar and salt consumption 
  • Mayor Samuel Pyne, Kumasi, Ghana
    PHC focus area: Reducing traffic fatalities through speed management 
  • Mayor Kiritkumar Jivanlal Parmar, Ahmedabad, India
    PHC focus area: Surveilling noncommunicable diseases 

The Summit program will feature global leaders, mayors and city technical staff, who will discuss their roles in developing, supporting, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for healthier populations.

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