The Norwegian WHO Healthy Cities Network

Sist oppdatert: 28.06.2017

Sunne kommuner is the Norwegian WHO Healthy Cities Network. The network consists of local and regional authorities that are strongly committed to prioritizing health and well-being in their community planning and development.


Sunne kommuner is part of the WHO Healthy Cities Network and works locally, nationally and internationally to create communities that are good, healthy and safe to live in.

The purpose of the network is to support the members’ work on community development that promotes health and well-being and reduces health inequities. This is carried out by creating cooperation and development arenas that will strengthen the members’ ability to work evidence based and be innovative, identifying and testing new methods and approaches.

The Norwegian WHO Healthy Cities Network was established in 1994. Since then, the network has maintained an overarching focus on promoting social equity, health promotion perspectives and HIAP (Health in All Policies) in local, regional and national policies. 

The network currently has 32 members; 5 regions and 27 municipalities. 

The Norwegian WHO Healthy Cities Network has an international Twitter account. Follow us at @healthynorway

General objectives - 2015-2019

  • Develop and share knowledge and best practice on community factors that influence health inequities
  • Establish and develop cooperative arenas and mechanisms to strengthen the members’ to work evidence based and be innovative with their public health initiatives
  • Build a reputation through communication that highlights the network as a credible, vital and influential public health actor on national, regional and local levels
  • Cooperate closely with relevant actors, such as NGOs, social entrepreneurs, civil society, research institutions and government authorities, to promote public health
  • Highlight and develop the network operationalization of WHO Healthy Cities’s phase 6 and the Health 2020 European Policy Framework

The Health 2020 European Policy Framework

The work of the WHO Healthy Cities Network is devided into phases.

Phase VI is based on Health 2020 the European Policy Framework which in turn has its roots in the work of Sir Michael Marmot and the Institute of Health Equity at UCL. The World Health Organisation will be developing packages of support for both designated cities and national networks.

Phase VI of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network runs from 2014-2018. The following two strategic goals of Health 2020 provide the overarching themes for Phase VI:

  • improving health for all and reducing health inequities; and
  • improving leadership and participatory governance for health

Both strategic goals reinforce the strong standing commitment of the WHO European Network to addressing equity and the social determinants of health and striving to improve governance for health and promote health in all policies.

Get in touch with the Norwegian Healthy Cities Network