The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is organizing the World Urban Forum (WUF7) in Medellin, Colombia, from 5–11 April 2014. WUF7 is centred around the theme “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”. Health equity is a critical concern in cities today; urban dwellers experience both the best and worst of health, and it is important to improve understanding of the factors that reinforce this situation and how to address them.
Through co-sponsorship of the new International Council for Science (ICSU) programme “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach”, UNU is strengthening its focus on addressing complex issues of urban health and well-being. The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) is leading this effort, in collaboration with the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and other UNU entities.
In support of this programme, UNU-IIGH is participating in WUF7 as part of People Building Better Cities (PBBC), an international traveling exhibition to promote dialogue on participation and inclusive urbanization. UNU-IIGH will showcase UNU and ICSU efforts, promote systems approaches in this important area, and identify new global and regional connections.
For more information on the World Urban Forum visit the WUF7 website.