HealthBridge works with partners world-wide to improve health and health equity through research, policy and action.

HealthBridge working on the urban agenda for Habitat 3

In a few months, countries from around the world will gather in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations’ Habitat III Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Their task will be to agree on the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the United Nations’ policy framework document that will inform urban development around the world for the next two decades. This is a unique chance to advocate for livable and healthy cities.  

HealthBridge and our partners have been active participants in the Habitat III process and we intend to make a meaningful contribution to the NUA. Our major area of focus has been to encourage the inclusion of strong, positive language about the importance of public spaces, including streets for walking and cycling, local public markets and open public spaces.

But the NUA is just the start of making our cities healthier, cleaner, safer and more sustainable.  The real work begins after the NUA is adopted. HealthBridge and our partners are ready to #ActOnNUA and help governments implement strategies and interventions that have the greatest impacts across a number of goals and targets.

READ: Public Spaces: A key tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Public spaces, including streets, local public markets, parks, squares, and beaches, are vital elements of livable, healthy and sustainable cities.  Public spaces have the potential to contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including:

Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)
Gender Equality (SDG 5)
Decent Work (SDG 8)
Climate Change (SDG 13)

This document highlights the impact that public spaces can have on the health and wellbeing of city dwellers, and explains the links to specific SDGs.

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HealthBridge Public Spaces Case Studies

HealthBridge and our local partners in low and middle-income countries are working on many public spaces projects and are ready to support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.  The following are some case study examples:


Healthbridge Key Messages for Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda