The overarching vision for the ICSU-IAMP-UNU Urban Health Programme are people to develop aspired levels of wellbeing by living in healthy cities.[A healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential. (WHO 1998)]
The goals of the programme are to create knowledge about the multi-faceted determinants and drivers of health and wellbeing in urban environments and communicate this knowledge with science, policy and for capacity building.
The programme will generate knowledge which is relevant to people and policy-makers for improving health status, reduce health inequalities and enhance the wellbeing of populations living in urban environments. The type of science applied will take a systems perspective on urban health and wellbeing. This involves systems analysis and modelling approaches but also a transdisciplinary and problem-oriented approach, actively involving stakeholders in the co-production of knowledge.