the 9th Science Meeting of Urban Health and Wellbeig Programme
January 16, 2017
On the 29th and 30th November, 2016, 15 Science Committee (SC) members of the global science programme on “Urban Health and Wellbeing: a Systems Approach” met in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, for their latest SC meeting. This global science programme is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which is headquartered in Paris, France. The purpose of the meeting was to launch the Urban Health and Wellbeing (UHWB) book, ‘Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment, Implementing a Systems Approach’, written by members of the scientific committee, representatives of the programme sponsors, and its executive director, Franz Gatzweiler. The programme’s first two years’ achievements since its inauguration in December 2014 were reviewed and then the agendas for 2017 were discussed. Following the ceremony to celebrate the release of the book, which has been published by Zhejiang University Press, the SC then discussed how the book’s contents and initiatives will be put into practice. On the second day of the meeting, the SC members discussed future research and capacity building activities in two working groups. One team focused on what the necessary questions were to implement the systems approach which could enable cities worldwide to become healthy systems. The other team discussed who the UHWB would be working with (researchers and policy makers) to obtain the goals discussed in the first group’s meeting, as well as how these initiatives could become reality, such as through conferences and workshops. They also discussed their potential futre partnerships and research networks such as the Latin-American and Caribbean Urban Health network. To conclude the meeting, both teams met to discuss the aforementioned questions and plans, then agreed on a list of actions for 2017 and finally organised the members into teams for future initiatives. The outcomes deliberated in this science council meeting will guide the future activities of the UHWB programme, whose main goal is to promote the co-production of knowledge for the creation of healthier cities worldwide.