The Alliance for Healthy Cities is an international network aiming to protect and enhance the health of city dwellers. Various social and environmental changes are intertwined and affect the health of people in cities. The Healthy Cities approach was initiated by the World Health Organization in 2003. Under the Healthy Cities initiative, WHO encourages local governments to incorporate health issues and health concerns into all aspects of public policy. WHO emphasizes the link between public health policy and the rest of urban policy such as economic promotion and community development.
Since these fields are conventionally considered to be irrelevant to public health, the Healthy Cities approach sharply contrasts with the traditional health approach. The WHO also encourages cities to closely work with the private sector such as companies and non-government organizations.
(Quoted from World Health Organization's web site: http://www.who.int/life-course/partners/alliance-healthy-cities/en/)
As of the end October of 2016, total 220 cities, NGO/NPOs, Academic Institutions, National Agencies, Private Sectors, and International Agencies join AFHC from Australia, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Vietmam, Singapore, and Taiwan.
This web site page introduces these members' Healthy City Activities.