The programme is an interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council (ISC)
The Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme (UHWB) is a global science programme and interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council (ISC, previously ICSU), supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and the United Nations University (UNU). It's International Programme Office (IPO) is hosted by the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of sciences (CAS) in Xiamen, China.
The Institute of Urban Environment (IUE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary institution engaged in fundamental and applied research on the cutting edge of environmental and resource sciences, as well as the development of high-tech for environmental remediation and waste management, encompassing the impacts of urbanization on ecosystems and social economy, the structures, processes, functions and patterns of urban ecosystems, the relationship between urban environmental quality and ecosystem/human health, and innovative integration of technologies and instruments for the control and remediation of water, soil, air, and solid waste pollution. In addition, IUE also focuses on the integration of technologies and project demonstration for combined pollution control and remediation in regional environments.
The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils. The vision of the Council is to advance science as a global public good. Scientific knowledge, data and expertise must be universally accessible and its benefits universally shared. The practice of science must be inclusive and equitable, also in opportunities for scientific education and capacity development.
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016, bringing together three established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering, namely IAP, the global network of science academies, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and the InterAcademy Council (IAC). Under the new InterAcademy Partnership, more than 140 national and regional member academies work together to support the special role of science and its efforts to seek solutions to address the world's most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world's scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, improve public health, promote excellence in science education, and achieve other critical development goals.
The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is the pioneer global organization bringing together experts from across academia, government, NGOs and business to improve the health of cities. The ISUH was founded in 2002 at The New York Academy of Medicine as an organization primarily concerned with building the field of urban health through its annual scientific meeting, the International Conference of Urban Health (ICUH). As the only nongovernmental global conference of its kind, the ICUH advances understanding and action to improve urban health by addressing its broad determinants.
The proposal for the establishment of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) developed out of discussions in 2000 between UNU and the World Health Organization around issues of global health and public health delivery systems. UNU-IIGH officially started operations on 1 March 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. UNU-IIGH undertakes research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge related to key global health issues. The Institute contributes to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and supports implementation of promotive approaches to human health.