Oleg Kuvshinnikov is nominated to the political Committee of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network from the Russian Federation.
WHO Healthy Cities is a global movement working to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments.
For more than 30 years the WHO European Healthy Cities Network has brought together some 100 flagship cities and approximately 30 national networks.
Vologda Region Governor Mr. Kuvshinnikov heads the Russian National Network Association of Healthy Cities, Regions and Settlements that comprises over 100 municipalities with a population of 16 mln people. The Russian network of Healthy Cities has been operating since 2010. It gathered 7 cities-members at that time. It is clearly visible that the Russian Association of Healthy Cities is active and rapidly growing.
Last month Vologda Region Governor participated in an international forum “Healthy cities of Russia in post-pandemic period: main threats to public health”. Speaking at the forum, Mr. Kuvshinnikov stressed that our main focus now is on the fight against the pandemic. This is a challenge that the whole world is facing, and the member cities of the Association of Healthy Cities, Regions and Settlements should share the best practices to overcome it.
“We have a choice - to go the familiar way that has led us to the global crisis, or to choose a new one -a path of cooperation and global solidarity, coherence, consolidation, recognition of each other's experience and innovations,” said Oleg Kuvshinnikov.
As the head of the Russian National Network Association of Healthy Cities, Regions and Settlements Mr. Kuvshinnikov noted several priorities that the international community needs to address in the post-pandemic period for further sustainable development. They concern tourism, support of doctors, nurses and other health care providers for the special working conditions and increased workload and psychological assistance to relatives of people who died from a coronavirus infection.
“It is impossible to prepare for something that has not happened before, but it is necessary to develop a flexible, manageable and effective system for responding to the full range of emerging threats,” summed up Oleg Kuvshinnikov.
There is an undisputed need for greater cooperation between the authorities, public organisations and business circles in this area. The Association’s programmes and major projects and initiatives carried out in many different parts of Russia help to educate the public, promote a healthy way of life, and improve the demographic situation. The Russian National Network Association of Healthy Cities, Regions and Settlements also spreads the use of modern effective diagnosis, prevention and treatment methods in medical practice.
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