"Ensuring urban health and well-being
in the face of the global financial crisis"
City Health 2015, the fourth edition of the conference, took place at CosmoCaixa, in Barcelona, thanks to the generous support of the “la Caixa” Foundation.
This year’s theme focused on the key role that cities can play in developing and implementing initiatives to address global problems related to health and well-being. In previous editions of this conference we have examined issues of equity, equality and inclusion. Building on that experience this year we will focus on how cities, as well as being generators of problems, are also often best placed to address and solve them. The conference programme included presentations that place issues in context and will include presentations from around the world describing practical examples of policy initiatives, programmes and projects that have been implemented to tackle specific issues and the needs of different populations and groups.
As ever the conference has had a significant ‘local flavour’ reflecting the long-standing commitment of Barcelona to promoting health and well-being to its many populations. As one of Europe’s most established ports, the city has many historical links with the rest of the world and a rich cultural mix. Like many places it is experiencing the problems that have emerged on the back of economic recession, but strives to maintain the essential services and interventions, in keeping with its ‘health in all policies’ approach to government.