• Title: Advancing Planetary Health in Europe: A tale of two cities
  • Organizing institutions: Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Welfare and Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
  • Date and time: June 3rd 1-3 pm CEST
  • Place: Online via Zoom



Agenda (CEST)

Agenda Advancing Planetary Health in Europe A tale of two cities (pdf)


Welcome and introductions.
Marina Erhola (CEO of the Päijät-Hämeen Hospital District, Lahti, Finland) and Josep M. Antó (Research Professor and Former Scientific Director at ISGlobal, Professor of Medicine at Universitat Pompeu Fabra)



The contribution of science.
Moderated by Marina Erhola and Josep M. Antó

  • Urban health and mobility (15’). Mark Nieuwenhuijsen (Research Professor, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and Director of the Air pollution and Urban Environment Programme, ISGlobal)
  • Health and nature (15’). Tari Haahtela (Professor em., University of Helsinki)
  • Questions & Answers (10’). Moderated by Marina Erhola and Josep M. Antó



The role of policy and politics.  
Moderated by Jaana Halonen (Research Programme Director – Safe and health promoting environments at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – THL) and Toni Plasència (General Director at ISGlobal)

  • Lahti the European Green Capital 2021 (15’). Pekka Timonen (Mayor of Lahti, Finland)
  • Barcelona: tackling the COVID-19 to support sustainable mobility (15’). Janet Sanz (Councilor at the Municipal Council; Second Deputy Mayoress of Barcelona – Area of Ecology, Urbanism, Infrastructures and Mobility)
  • A dialogue between science and politics (30’). All speakers


Closing remarks.

Jaana Halonen and Toni Plasència



Event description:

How are cities transforming our mobility and our natural environment to become healthier for people and the planet? What are the main opportunities and barriers? How are cities tackling the urgency of achieving large reductions in pollutant emissions by 2030? How to establish a fruitful dialogue between Science and Politics to advance towards healthier, safer and more sustainable cities for people and nature?

With the aim of answering these and other questions on the subject, ISGlobal and the Päijät-Häme Joint Health and Welfare Authority in Finland have organized this webinar, following a previous collaboration between both institutions and other partners, which resulted in the Helsinki Declaration on Planetary Health in 2019.

This virtual event brings together both the scientific and political ambition of two European cities —Lahti, in Finland, and Barcelona, in Spain—to promote major transformations aimed at making them healthier for people and much more sustainable for the Planet. The dialogue between these two cities highlights the contrast between cities in the north and south of Europe, and of large and small population density.

Nature-based solutions as well as solutions to increase active mobility, such as walking and cycling, help improve the health of both human and natural systems on the planet. However, promoting and implementing these solutions involves a series of complex social and economic challenges, which should allow us move towards a reduction in inequalities and an improvement in equity.

This webinar is a meeting point for debate between scientific experts and political leaders from the two cities mentioned above. Their dialogue and ideas will help to better understand the Planetary Health approach, as well as the importance of developing sustainable urban designs that promote health and reduce negative impacts on natural systems, so that cities become agents of preservation of our planet.




Sivu päivitetty: 17.5.2021