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About The Association

Turkish Healthy Cities Association was established by cities that believed in the need for a formal platform, which would make it possible for cities with similar goals to improve and implement the Healthy Cities movement in Turkey could come together.

The Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa, which is the first city to become a member of WHO Healthy Cities Project from Turkey, has pioneered the establishment and development of the Healthy Cities Association in Turkey.

Activities for establishing Turkish Healthy Cities Association has started in 2003. The same year the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and interested cities in Turkey have established a commission for the preparation of the association’s constitution.

On February 20, 2004 a meeting was held with the Ministry of Health, the Governorship of Bursa, Bursa Provincial Directorate of Health, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and the Municipalities of Tepebaşı, Bartın, and Yalova, which were members of Phase III. During this meeting suggestions concerning the constitution have been taken.

All the member cities of the National Network were called to become founding members of Turkish Healthy Cities Association. The councils of Yalova, Van, Kadıköy, Afyon, Tepebaşı, Çankaya, Ürgüp, Ordu, Kırıkkale and Bursa have taken decisions expressing their intention to join the association as founding members.

The establishment of the Healthy Cities Association was formally completed after the news related with its establishment was published in the official gazette on December 22, 2004. The establishment procedure of the Turkish Healthy Cities Association was completed with the first meeting on February 3, 2005 in Bursa.

The benefits of joining Healthy Cities Association:

With the establishment of the Healthy Cities Association in Turkey, member cities will be supported to share their experiences actively, develop joint projects, and transfer concerns; members will also be represented at the international level and common needs will be fulfilled together.

With the purpose of reducing inequality and combatting urban poverty, member cities will continue to exchange experiences and cooperate in urban and environmental issues.

Information and documents related with local governments, health, planning, environment, housing, transportation, education, security, and other issues on urban health, will be shared with members. Turkish Healthy Cities Association will assist all members and strengthen the healthy cities movement in Turkey.

The mission and vision of  Turkish Healthy Cities Association described in the Association’s Strategic Plan covering the years 2005-2020 and adopted on 23 September 2005 are as follows:

Mission of Association:

Reducing inequalities relating to all urban and environmental issues for livable and healthy cities, combatting poverty, sharing experiences and creating cooperation.

To provide opportunities to members to actively share experiences, reflect problems, develop joint projects, be represented at the international level, solve joint needs; and to provide advisory services to member municipalities and spread the Healthy Cities Movement all over the Turkey.

To contribute to create aesthetic and comfortable cities, which have high quality urban infrastructure are respectful to environment, human health and cultural assets, within an atmosphere of confidence and peace of mind.

Vision of Association:

To implement, adapt, evolve the Healthy Cities movement in Turkey for “Sustainable Development  and Creating Sustainable Cities”.

Bringing healthy cities and candidate cities together and assisting these cities in integration of health and planning, sustainable development, governance and social support, and reducing inequalities between cities.

Contributing to urban awareness and building healthy urban identity.

Creating livable and modern cities, where everyone would like to live, by increasing social harmony and benefits.