The major objective of the ICUH is to gather scientists, practitioners, policy makers and community organizations across disciplines and geographic boundaries (high and low-income settings), to exchange ideas and advance research and practice that promote the health of individuals who are in urban regions, including those individuals who belong to disadvantaged groups. The conference aims to promote trans disciplinary and collaborative research, policy, and interventions, to foster international discussion of urban health issues, to build networks among individuals engaged in urban health, and to promote the understanding of the impact of urban areas on health and behavior. ICUH 2015 aims to focus on post 2015 development agenda.
The most important outcome would be the formation of “Dhaka Declaration” an outcome document of the conference which will used as an evidence based advocacy tool to prioritize urban health perspective in all the global development agendas and across all the sustainable development goals and targets post 2015. The document will emphasize on working together for ensuring political commitment for resource mobilization, capacity development and establishing a best example of urban health policies for developing countries.
The Declaration will be endorsed by the policy makers and thus will be made accountable for the implementation of the planned course of actions. The declaration will also build on to develop global, regional, national and local action plan to achieve the sustainable development goals and targets. The declaration will relate to the relevance of addressing the urban development and health issues for achieving successful national economic and social development. The conference will see sharing of best practices for ensuring healthy urban life and also showcase the best urban health policies regionally and globally.