Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The City is safe, healthy and promotes well-being 9/10

The City We Need is free from violence, conflict and crime. It is welcoming night and day, inviting all people to use its streets, parks, and transit without fear. It guarantees the safety of women and girls and the elderly in both public and workplaces. It does so by involving men and women and girls and boys in the planning, design, budgeting and implementation of security interventions.

The City We Need fosters a culture of peace. It does so by working together with all stakeholder groups in organizing inter-generational, inter-cultural dialogue and events to promote understanding, tolerance and communications.

The city’s parks and gardens provide access to nature and recreation for city dwellers. They are accessible by all residents, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. They are designed to foster local biodiversity and provide essential ecosystem services.

The City We Need promotes sports among its inhabitants and provides public space for recreation, with special attention to people with specific needs.

The City We Need must address the rising tide of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) associated with obesity, unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, substance abuse, and environmental pollution. It should further recognize the essential role of and guarantee equal access to quality food and food markets.

The New Urban Agenda should recognize that good health requires solutions that transcend the health sector and recommend improved inter-sectoral communication and coordination for health.  The New Urban Agenda should also recognize health as a fundamental aim of development, coequal with other aims, and the impacts on health of actions in all urban sectors should be explicitly considered. It should recognize the critical role of the determinants of health and reduce air, water, soil and noise pollution and ensure universal access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and decent shelter.


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