Turkish Healthy Cities Association has been established by cities that believed in the need for a formal platform, where cities with similar goals to improve and implement the “Healthy Cities” movement in Turkey could come together.
The Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa, which is the first city to become a member of WHO Healthy Cities Project from Turkey, has pioneered the establishment and development of the Healthy Cities Association in Turkey.
Activities for establishing Turkish Healthy Cities Association has started in 2003. The same year the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and interested cities in Turkey have established a commission for the preparation of the association’s constitution.
On February 20, 2004 a meeting was held with the Ministry of Health, the Governorship of Bursa, Bursa Provincial Directorate of Health, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality and the Municipalities of Tepebaşı, Bartın, and Yalova, which were members of Phase III. During this meeting suggestions concerning the constitution have been taken.
All the member cities of the National Network were called to become founding members of Turkish Healthy Cities Association. The councils of Yalova, Van, Kadıköy, Afyon, Tepebaşı, Çankaya, Ürgüp, Ordu, Kırıkkale and Bursa have taken decisions expressing their intention to join the association as founding members.
The establishment of the Healthy Cities Association was formally completed after the news related with its establishment was published in the official gazette on December 22, 2004. The establishment procedure of the Turkish Healthy Cities Association was completed with the first meeting on February 3, 2005 in Bursa.