If you remove London from GDP figures, the UK’s national income is the same as Mississippi, the poorest US state. That’s according to leading authority on health inequalities Prof Sir Michael Marmot, who highlighted the startling statistic at the Healthy City Design International Congress 2023 in Liverpool, in October.
Dr Carlos Dora has a distinguished career in global public health and environment. Until recently, he co-ordinated the World Health Organization’s global work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing, extractive industry) and on articulating a global response to air pollution.
In this keynote, Nathalie will explore the World Health Organization’s urban health agenda and programme of activities, aiming to offer practical guidance on how to integrate health into urban planning and governance.
This keynote describes some strategic steps – such as the complementary use of health impact assessment, quantification of health impacts, and linking climate and health actions to national and global policy processes – to apply a systems-based approach to taking action on climate, health and equity.
When it comes to addressing health equity, of which housing is a key issue, there are three pieces to the puzzle – firstly, there is a need to centre policy and solutions around the people who are affected by this injustice; there is a need to act across sectors and with different players who can make a difference; and there is a need to shift away from a focus on individual behaviour.
Dr Nathalie Roebbel’s keynote talk at the Healthy City Design International Congress in Liverpool provided an update on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work on improving urban health through a strategic approach – making the case and making it work.
As we enter an economic period when governments are likely to lack the firepower to tackle the scale of problems that lie in front of them, the potential of impact investing should be considered as an important tool to help create a healthier society.