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Collaboration amongst planning, transport, environment and health sectors is urgently required to address the challenges posed by urbanisation, putting health and well being at the centre of urban development and tackling problems such as high air pollution and noise, heat island effects, lack of green space and sedentary behaviour.
In response, ISGlobal has created the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, that aims to apply rigorous scientific evidence, tools and indicators to promote sustainable and healthy urban development. The initiative brings together experts, practitioners and decision-makers across sectors to optimise urban environments for health. Through research, advocacy, policy and capacity building the initiative engages with key stakeholders and the public for transformative action and impact in society.