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To encourage cities to continue to innovate and demonstrate effective and efficient ways of promoting and protecting health of urban populations, WHO and the Alliance for Healthy Cities recognize and award outstanding work in certain defined areas.


Healthy Cities Recognition and Awards 2021

WHO-WPRO Healthy Cities Recognition and Awardees of AFHC Awards for Healthy Cities will be announced in Novembr 2021 during the Virtual  9th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, hosted by China-Hong Kong Chapter of AFHC.

    WHO Healthy Cities Recognition 2021: Call for Nominations

[CALL FOR NOMINATION: Click here to get the document]

[NOMINATION FORM: Click here to download nomination form] 

Since 2004, during the conference, WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office recognizes the outstanding work of certain cities in promoting and protecting health of urban populations through the WHO Healthy Cities Recognition. All awards will be related to the innovations that cities have adopted and amplified in the community to protect its citizens against the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including innovations aimed at reaching vulnerable groups. The awards will be presented at the Virtual Ninth Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities and is officially awarded by WHO WPR.  

List of WHO Healthy Cities Recognition award categories: 

- Innovative Approaches to address Air Pollution in Cities
- Reduction of harmful alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm
- Healthy Ageing through multi-sectoral collaboration
- Promoting healthy food environments, for all
- Commitment to physical fitness through effective partnerships
- Sharing clean air: Committed to multisectoral implementation of smoke-free laws
- Reaching and engaging vulnerable groups for their care and protection during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eligible applicants: Cities from Member States of the Western Pacific Region, World Health Organization

Deadline for submission: The last day nominations will be accepted is 10 September 2021. Any nominations received after this date may not be considered.

How to submit: Please complete the WHO Healthy Cities Recognition nomination form. Email your submission and supporting documents to the Social Determinants of Health and Violence and Injury Prevention Unit of WHO-WPRO (email address: wprosdh@who.int)  

Recognition: Recognition will be awarded to nominees who successfully demonstrate best practice in the following areas. Awardees will be announced at the virtual Ninth Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference, 03-05 November 2021. 


 AFHC Awards for Healthy Cities 2021

Awardees Announced at Award Ceremony, 5 November 2021


1. AFHC Award for Creative Developments in Healthy Cities

Submission Form for 1-1. - 1-8. is here 

1-1. Creative City Responses THroughout COVID-10
1-2. Creative Development in Risk Communication Under COVID-19
1-3. Creative Data-driven Planning for Healthy Cities
1-4.  Creative Developments in eHealth and mHealth 
1-5. Green and Walkability in Cities
1-6. Innovation in Food Distribution Under and Beyond COVID-19
1-7. Measuring Climate Change and Health 
1-8. SDGs in Healthy Cities 

2. Award for Progress of Healthy Cities

SPIRITS TEMPLATE for submission is here 



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