Inclusive and Healthy Cities
UBC Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission
Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission consists of the former commissions on Health and Social Affairs and Sport. The kick-off meeting of the new Commission was held on 9–10 June 2015 in Gdynia, Poland.
Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission has started working from the assumption that an Inclusive city is a city governed by the community, and a Healthy city is well-connected, accessible and safe, thereby getting involvement and movement. Self-dependency, independency and inclusion are other important elements for a healthy city.
The Inclusive and Healthy Cities Commission has started out focusing on Open social spaces, and have had a number of study visits arranged based on this concept. Open Social Space is a place where a community can get together, work and play together, talk to each other and discuss matters important for the community, and act together in order to make a their living better. It can be an "arranged space", set up by the municipality with staff helping with the activities, or a "spontaneous space" where people meet naturally, such as parks, playgrounds or shopping malls. It can be physical or virtual. It is possible to build local strategies for strengthening and development, and also to work with integration etc. using the open spaces.
The Commission is now trying to further this concept. One way of doing this is by arranging study visits to member cities, while at the same time having room for discussions and exchanges of experiences.