17-18 May 2012, Φ WHO Geneva: Health indicators for sustainability

World Health Organization (WHO), Headquarters, Geneva: Health indicators for sustainability, 17-18 May 2012

Meeting participation.

From www.who.int/hia/green_economy/indicators_cities.pdf:

“Key messages:

More than two thirds of the global population will be living in cities by 2050. The rapid rate of urban growth has created enormous challenges. Global growth in the number of slum-dwellers, now more than 800 million people, attests to the need for stronger urban governance. So while cities concentrate opportunities, jobs, and services, they also concentrate health hazards and risks. Health is an important benchmark of sustainability of urban policies. Health indicators proposed here. Also reflect progress on social equity, environment, and development dimensions of sustainable cities.”

“Core indicators include: …

  • Urban air quality in terms of particulate pollution – with respect to WHO air quality guidelines;
  • Healthy, efficient transport – in terms of safety and use of sustainable modes, including walking, cycling, and public transport;
  • Urban violence – in terms of intentional homicides.”

“Governance indicators assess how cities account for health in urban planning and building codes, and in monitoring of air/water quality and sanitation risks. Indicators of access to urban services essential to public health and sustainable cities also are suggested for: health care services, green spaces, fresh food markets, and waste management …”


In Geneva, next to the Palace of Nations’ “ambassadors’ court” / In Genf, beim „Cour des Ambassadeurs“ des Palais des Nations:

“ …made of Douglas fir wood, Broken Chair stands in delicate balance on three legs – the fourth having been violently blown off as if by an explosive charge. A way of showing that even mutilated, victims of war violence are still standing tall, with dignity”, http://broken-chair.com/en/monument/ / Der „Broken Chair aus Douglasienholz hält auf seinen drei Beinen ein labiles Gleichgewicht. Das vierte Bein scheint wie von einer Sprengladung gewaltsam weggerissen. Es ist ein Symbol für die Opfer der kriegerischen Gewalt, die in Würde aufrecht stehen, auch wenn sie verstümmelt sind“, http://broken-chair.com/de/denkmal/