26-27 October 2017


The 2017 Cities Changing Diabetes Summit marks a turning point where impactful actions will set a new course for the fight against urban diabetes.

The Cities Changing Diabetes Summit provides a unique occasion for global, local and future partners in the programme to connect across cities and sectors, to inspire and be inspired by others on effective and sustainable intervention strategies across political, social and cultural contexts.




Finding a new course for improving urban public health is essential because the current course is unsustainable for cities and their citizens. We are resolute in our ambition to bend the trajectory of the rise of diabetes in cities. At the Cities Changing Diabetes Summit we will celebrate the positive intervention strategies that work today to halt the rise of urban diabetes. 

Participants will include mayors and high-level officials from the current and upcoming participating cities as well global health experts and thought leaders within health and urban planning. 


For cities to be resilient, successful economically and liveable for citizens, health must be right at the top of the agenda for those shaping the future of cities.

The way cities are designed and run can be a driving force in bending the trajectory of diabetes, and we’re starting to see meaningful examples of how.

Listen to the perspectives of high level officials from our eight partner cities giving voice to why diabetes prevention and improved treatment models are high on the agenda for these city leaders, and where they see hope for future action.

As the Cities Changing Diabetes programme evolves, we learn what it takes to shape action within health-promoting policies and new approaches to urban planning, community involvement models and ways of strengthening city health systems. We have also learned how interventions on improving city life and liveability will not only have an impact on health outcomes but also support action on other urgent issues on the global agenda such as climate change.

As we have worked with our partner cities to map the problem and develop strategies to tackle it, we have established a new methodology for understanding vulnerability to diabetes. We now make that method publically available – so that any city around the world can use it to gain insights that will help them focus their strategic response to the diabetes and obesity challenge. Get a perspective from the research process in Vancouver, Johannesburg and Rome and learn more about the diabetes challenge they each face.

Case stories from the Houston coalition group on how they have built a strong network across cultural and social groups working for a joint cause to improve public health. It requires a multi stakeholder group to succeed. 

Improving health in cities requires further research on how to measure impact. Learn about the Healthy Cities Research Hub which focuses on the social and environmental conditions that impact health in urban settings throughout North America, facilitating knowledge exchange and evaluating community-based interventions aimed at improving public health in cities.

Faith Foreman

Assistant director at Houston Department of Health & Human Services

From a more productive workforce to a safer climate, a sustainable food system to efficient transport, action on health has the power to create win-wins. We will only see the change we want if we can articulate why urban health matters across multiple agendas.  We will look at a next frontier to action at scale: building new coalitions for wider action.


Michael Nutter

Former Mayor of Philadelphia

Ninna Thomsen 

Mayor of Health & Care, Copenhagen

Faith Foreman 

Assistant director at Houston Department of Health & Human Services

Stephen Linder, PhD 

Director of the Institute for Health Policy at University of Texas School of Public Health

Edwin B Fisher, PhD 

Director of Peers for Progress

David Napier

Professor of Medical Anthropology at University College London

Niels Lund 

Vice president for Health Advocacy, Novo Nordisk

Bjarne Bruun 

Head of Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes Center

Jeff Risom

Partner, Managing Director US - GEHL

Kevin Austin

Deputy Executive Director, C40

Andrea Lenzi

President of Health City Institute and president of the Italian Committee Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Antonio Gaudioso

Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva, Active Citizenship Network

Maurizio Damilano

Olympic Gold Medal in Moscow 1980 and founder of Fitwalking Italia

Robert Pella

Vice President of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and Mayor of Valdengo

Antonio Nicolucci

Director of CORESEARCH Srl - Center for Outcomes Research and Clinical Epidemiology

Zhang Fuxia

Deputy Director General, Tianjin Health and Family Planning Commission

Cai Chun

Deputy Division Chief, Disease Prevention and Control, Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission


Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston

Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen

President and chief executive officer, Novo Nordisk


David Napier

Professor of Medical Anthropology at University College London

Bjarne Bruun Jensen

Head of Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes Center



The CCD Summit takes place at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria


Thursday 26 October 2017 – 09.00– 17.00

Friday 27 October 2017 – 09.00– 13.30


Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

2222 West Loop South
Houston, Texas, 77027
United States


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The global Cities Changing Diabetes Summit, held in Copenhagen on 16–17 November 2015, brought together an extraordinary group of people around the common cause of finding solutions to the urban diabetes challenge.

Participants were leading thinkers and doers from study cities and beyond, and represented a wide variety of expertise from city and health leadership, urban planners and architects, to academics, healthcare and diabetes professionals, and community leaders.

Learn more about what took place here.


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