25 March 2020 #Forum
Moscow Urban Forum publishes global online study "Urban Health Agenda. World> Russia> Moscow"

Moscow Urban Forum, as part of the #stayathome world flash mob, publishes global online study "Urban Health Agenda. World> Russia> Moscow" carried out in conjunction with Rospotrebnadzor.

As part of the 2019 Moscow Urban Forum (MUF), Moscow hosted its first international event on Urban Health. The event was preceded by a major study of Urban Health conducted by the MUF in coordination with the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor). The study analyzed the practices and implementation of Urban Health approaches within the world's most developed megacities.
As a result of the study, the Urban Health International Congress met in Moscow to assess prospects for implementing these approaches into the development process of the capital's urban environment. The event brought together experts from a number of fields — architects, designers, researchers, and government officials. Participants in the Congress discussed health standards for building construction, active environments, medical services in the city, healthy nutrition, and active longevity, among other topics. 64 experts from 14 countries attended 12 forum sessions.

The First Urban Health International Congress, held as part of Moscow Urban Forum 2019, introduced the Urban Health approach for Moscow's urban environmental development. Other Russian cities will be able to learn from and apply the experiences gained by the capital when creating and developing their own urban health environments.

"This unique study will have an important place in the home libraries of urbanists everywhere," said MUF Director Denis Boykov, "The study focuses on the analysis and systematization of best practices in health-oriented urban environmental development. The Urban Health approach uses the best evidence available to prioritize public health and well-being in the development of urban processes. The results of the study provide a knowledge base that describes the basic principles of the Urban Health approach, as well as the experiences of leading cities such as London, Toronto, Moscow, New York, and Singapore."

According to Boykov, the main conclusion of the work reveals a new trend: the world's leading megacities are making a significant transition from the ideology of "a city comfortable for people" towards integrated solutions that focus on ensuring both duration and quality of life for people, working with urban environmental factors that determine population health. Moreover, the study resulted in a collection of practical recommendations for improving relevant Urban Health practices in Russian cities. It aims at further implementing the principles and metrics towards health-focused urban development.

The study will be a useful theoretical tool for city leaders, managers, and planners. Likewise, urban planning policy and construction departments may be interested in examining how the Urban Health approach has been implemented abroad. Boykov also believes that the study will attract the attention of health professionals (doctors, medical workers, and researchers). The study will also be of practical value for people studying architecture, urban planning, urbanism, and geography, among other subjects. In general, the study will be of interest not only to specialists of urban planning, architecture, and urban development, but also to a wide range of readers interested in urban topics as well as those concerned for the future of their city.