The Power of Cities: Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries


Authors: WHO

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Number of pages: 45
WHO reference number: WHO/NMH/PND/2019.9

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified urbanization as one of the key challenges for public health in the 21st century. It is typically discussed in negative terms, including infectious outbreaks, unhealthy lifestyles and environmental threats. Yet cities offer significant opportunities to improve public health through health-enhancing policies and actions. National ministries generally assume responsibility for promoting a country’s health and well-being, but city leaders are key allies in delivering national public health objectives among large parts of the population.

This report is a call for city leaders to rise to the challenge and show the world how local action can help solve global health problems