Host of the Conference

WHO Kobe Centre
Tel: (+81)78-230-3100
Fax: (+81)78-230-3178
1-5-1 Wakinohama-Kaigandori
Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073


Secretariat for GFUH2010
(For Registration, Accommodation, etc.)
c/o Convention Linkage
Tel: (+81) 6-6377-2188
Fax: (+81) 6-6377-2075
PIAS TOWER 11F, 3-19-3
Toyosaki, Kita-ku
Osaka 531-0072

Useful Links

Kobe city
Official Kobe Tourism site




The Global Forum is a significant milestone in a series of global events of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the 2010 campaign on urban health. Conceptualized as early as 2005, it is the culmination of a series of global events beginning with World Health Day 2010 on the theme of urban health, and the launch of the Global Report on Urbanization and Health (“Hidden cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings).


The WHO Global Forum is structured around three streams/themes: Challenges (Urban health challenges), Solutions (Intersectoral actions for urban health) and The Way Forward (Political commitment to urban health). These streams and corresponding themes will guide the discussion in the breakout sessions which will inform the declaration for action to be endorsed at the Global Forum.

Streams Themes
Challenges Urban health challenges
Solutions Intersectoral actions for urban health
Way forward Political commitment to urban health


A variety of approaches including interactive plenary sessions; panel discussions; presentations of city profiles in the exhibition hall and site visits around Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture will be used at the Global Forum to highlight key challenges, solutions and political commitment to promote urban health and health equity towards “healthier people in healthier environments” – the vision of WHO Kobe Centre


Urbanization and health - a key challenge of the 21st century

Since 2007, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, and the proportion is growing at a fast pace. By 2030, six in ten people will be living in urban areas, rising to seven in ten people by 2050.


The health of the population worldwide has, in general, shown a remarkable improvement over the past century. Yet, this overall improvement when disaggregated has also shown considerable health inequities which continue to affect both the developing and the developed world.


Where people live affects their health and chances of leading flourishing lives. As emerging evidence indicates that there are multiple options for policies and interventions to improve health outcomes and health equity in urban settings, convening key worldwide stakeholders and health champions is critical for advocating “healthier people in healthier environments”. Urbanization can and should be beneficial to health for all and urban settings can be modified, enhanced and transformed.


Urban health development also has to be protected from risks arising from factors such as rapid, unplanned urbanization, environmental change including climate change, disease outbreaks, disasters, demographic change including ageing and technological change. Solutions exist to help national and local leaders to identify and reduce health inequities in their cities.

The Global Forum will provide countries and cities an opportunity to showcase their work; highlight the challenges they face; express what actions they are undertaking as successful examples; and be part of a global consensus-building on a policy framework for the way forward on urbanization and health.


Plenary sessions: English, French, Japanese and Spanish

Breakout sessions: English and Japanese

About WHO Kobe Centre

As an integral part of the Secretariat of WHO, the WHO Kobe Centre has been conducting research into the health consequences of social, economic, environmental and technological change and its implications for health policies since 1996. This research enhances WHO’s capacity to address priority health issues that require coordinated multidisciplinary and intersectoral action.

Our Vision: Healthier people in healthier environments
Our Mission: To nurture, support and sustain excellence and innovation in public health research on health in development

Director: Dr Jacob Kumaresan of India was appointed
Director of the WHO Kobe Centre in 2008.