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Belfast to host 2018 International World Health Organization Healthy Cities Conference

2nd October 2017

Over 800 delegates due in city - October 2018

The Word Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the 2018 WHO International Healthy Cities Conference will take place in Belfast. Belfast Healthy Cities and its partner organisations will host the event which is expected to attract over 800 delegates from across the six WHO Global Regions in October 2018.

Joan Devlin, Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities welcomed the news and confirmed Belfast’s intention to host a milestone event.

Joan said, "We have recently returned from Hungary where the formal announcement was made and we are delighted that the 2018 International WHO Healthy Cities Conference will be coming to Belfast. This was a competitive process with other cities also bidding to host this prestigious event which only takes place every 5 years.

"We have a long standing partnership with Belfast City Council and Visit Belfast and we are grateful for their co-operation in securing this event. Now we have the challenge of preparing for the event which will see more than 800 delegates coming from all across the world to the Waterfront Hall and other locations across the city.”

Belfast City Council gave support to the bid to host the event and Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister welcomed the successful outcome.

"Securing the 2018 International WHO Healthy Cities Conference is excellent news for Belfast. Not only because it will help us to address health inequalities with our partners – which is a key pillar of the Belfast Agenda - but also because hosting this conference will result in increased spend in the city, showcase Belfast as a great place to visit and do business and further enhance our international connections.”

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