[CODATA-international] Call for expressions of interest to establish International Centres of Excellence (UHWB ICE)

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Mon Jul 16 03:33:02 EDT 2018

Co-sponsored by the International Science Council (ISC), the United Nations
University (UNU), and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the *Urban Health
and Wellbeing (UHWB) programme *was launched as a ten-year programme to
address the major challenges to health and wellbeing in the urban
environment. Starting in 2014 its International Programme Office at the
Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IUE, CAS) took
up its operation.

The UHWB programme addresses the emerging health challenges in urban
environments which are under the influence of and accelerated by broader
climate, epidemiological, demographic and ecological changes. The programme
recognizes the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of cities as
socio-ecological-technological systems and the associated risks to the
health and wellbeing of people living in cities. Ageing, safety,
inequality, malnutrition, migration, transport, pollution and a range of
communicable and non-communicable diseases are among some of the problem
areas for which better knowledge and data need to be created, integrated
and communicated for improving urban decision-making. However, despite the
increasing amount and availability of data the decision-making process
requires more systems intelligence to better cope with complexity and
progress towards the global goals and targets of the UN landmark agreements
of the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,
the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The UHWB programme therefore *aims *at promoting and encouraging the
application of various types of systems approaches in different fields of
urban health and wellbeing by developing methodology, identifying and
integrating data, strengthening capacity, communication, outreach and
decision support to support the implementation of the UN landmark
agreements. *The programme aims at facilitating the creation of systems
intelligence for improving health and wellbeing in changing urban

The UHWB Programme is directed by the *Science Committee *and the
Programme  Office  (IPO)  *which  decided  to  establish  a  limited
 number  of  *International*

*Centres of Excellence (ICE)*. An ICE can be based on and located at
existing organisations, such as Public Health Agencies, focusing on public,
global, urban health research and service delivery, research and
development, education and awareness raising with a focus on cities. The
ICE should operate in networks of other hubs engaging and collaborating
with other organisations in the region, country or city.

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