Development in the world is getting faster. The environmental carrying capacity is also decreasing, therefore, efforts to save the environment are needed to ensure life goes well. The World Health Organization (WHO) data show that It is about 93% children under 15 y.o. in the world are exposed to ambient air pollution from particulate matter (PM2.5), of which 630 million children are still under 5 y.o. Based on these facts, it takes an effort to make the environment comfortable, safe, clean, and also healthy. The United Nations has launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which is targetted to end in 2030. The SDGs addressing critical sustainability issues, especially in the area of environmental management and preservation i.e. SDG 2: Zero Hunger; SDG 6, Clean water and sanitation; SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities; SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production; SDG 13: Climate action; and SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places renewed emphasis on just how interconnected our social, economic and environmental ambitions are. Health promotion efforts grounded in a healthy cities approach can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A healthy cities approach which catalyzes political leadership and participatory governance can be transformational for health and health equity, as well as help mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation, climate change, aging, migration, growing inequalities, and social isolation. Development of healthy cities in each country is different from each other, depending on the problems faced. The similarity is placing the community empowerment as a priority. Besides, it prioritizes the process approach rather than the target, does not have a time limit, and develops dynamically, in accordance with the goals desired by the community which is achieved gradually.
The realization of a healthy city with sustainable development is the result of multi-sector hard work and collaboration across countries. The 5th Universitas Ahmad Dahlan Public Health Conference (The 5th UPHEC) was conceived as an effort to bridge information and ideas of experts and practitioners so that it can be beneficial for the community in developing healthy cities.
Welcome to the Conference,
Ahmad Faizal Rangkuti, SKM., M.Kes