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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • CBA2018-07SY-Kwan

Integrating Health into Urban Planning towards Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

This is a capacity building project in the form of a workshop that aims to raise the awareness and knowledge of researchers, policy makers and civil society on the integration of public health into urban planning/built environment, towards the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities. The built environment includes urban design, transport infrastructures, and open and green spaces, while the health impacts include those resulting from air pollution, injury, physical inactivity, heat, noise, and mental illness. This project is aligned with the Fourth Strategic Plan of APN to foster collaboration between the developed and developing countries in the APN region, and to address the issue of global change towards the cross-cutting SDGs. Urban built environment is also one of the priorities of the IPCC in mitigating climate change, and of WHO and UN-Habitat to create healthy, liveable cities. The workshop will give insights on current research and policy implementation worldwide, and the tools available for integrating health considerations at the different stages of urban planning development. It will also provide a platform for the participants to interact on the research gaps, issues and solutions, potential for collaborations between governmental ministries and scientific community, and sharing of information and experiences between countries. The results and information shared in this workshop will be synthesized and disseminated through publications.

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