Cork – a city that connects to improve the health and well-being of all its people and reduce health inequalities.



In January 2012 Cork City was designated by the World Health Organisation as a Healthy City

The Healthy City concept was initiated 1986 when WHO’s regional office for Europe founded the Healthy Cities movement. Its aim is to improve and promote population health through health policy, intersectoral collaboration and community participation.Since then, it has continued to be developed and adopted as a tool in structuring inter-sectoral collaboration and healthy public policy amongst key partners in cities across the world.

Healthy Cities is founded on the moral and political beliefs that inequalities in social conditions (and therefore health) are unjustified and that their reduction should be an overriding public health objective of the city. Healthy Cities provides a model for Cork City to develop innovative and creative solutions to public health and health promotion. As a World Health Organisation designated Healthy City, Cork has committed to the overarching theme of health and health equity in all policies.

To achieve this status cities must demonstrate to the WHO that health is a core value for the city administration and that the vision, values and strategy for the city are translated into action for health through planning.

The strategic goals of WHO European Healthy Cities are:

  • To promote action to put health high on the social and political agenda of cities
  • To promote policies and action for health and sustainable development at the local level emphasizing addressing the determinants of health, equity in health and the principles of the European policies Health for All and Health 2020
  • To promote intersectoral and participatory governance for health, health and equity in all local policies and integrated planning for health
  • To generate policy and practice expertise, good evidence, knowledge and methods that can be used to promote health in all cities in the European Region
  • To promote solidarity, cooperation and working links between European cities and networks of local authorities and partnerships with agencies concerned with urban issues
  • To increase the accessibility of the WHO European Network to all Member States in the European Region


 Link to Cork City Council News when the WHO designated Cork as a Healthy City