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The Melbourne Communiqué

The Melbourne Communiqué is a key outcome of the 2010 International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress. The Communiqué is a result of the collective discussions by Congress delegates and forms a basis for our commitment to the way forward.

The Melbourne Communiqué along with its endorsements will be formally presented to: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Health Organisation, the Convention on Biological Diversity, World Park Leaders Forum and International Urban Parks and Green Space Alliance.

Your endorsement will represent an adoption of the HPHP philosophy and help forge greater global understanding and strengthening of the connection between nature and people.

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A summary of the Melbourne Communiqué

A call to action!

Principles of Healthy Parks Healthy People

  • Parks are integral to healthy people and a healthy environment
  • Human health depends on healthy ecosystems
  • Parks conserve healthy ecosystems
  • Contact with nature can improve human health
  • Parks contribute to economic growth and wellbeing
  • Parks contribute to cohesive, vibrant and healthy societies

The Chairperson and the Congress Committee and delegates of the inaugural International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress 2010 call on:

  • The governments of the world;
  • The United Nations and its agencies (in particular UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN World Tourism Organisation) together with the World Health Organisation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature;
  • National and international philanthropic, environmental and health organisations
  • to adopt Healthy Parks Healthy People and make the following commitment:

    “We commit to further our understanding of, and strengthen the connection between, nature and people. Our success depends on interdisciplinary collaboration and alliances.

    We as leaders in our field commit to work together to strive for a healthy planet and healthy humanity, and continue to promote, facilitate and advance the health and vitality of the world’s parks and communities. We undertake to rethink our approach to improving human and environmental health and do all in our powers to reconnect people to nature.

    We adopt the Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy to protect the earth’s two most important assets – nature and people.”


    • Parks VictoriaParks Victoria
    • Beyond BlueBeyond Blue
    • Deaking UniversityDeaking University
    • Green Building Council of AustraliaGreen Building Council of Australia
    • Koori Business NetworkKoori Business Network
    • Australian GovernmentAustralian Government
    • Lend LeaseLend Lease
    • Victorian Multicultural SocietyVictorian Multicultural Society
    • Natural EnglandNatural England
    • Centre for disease controlCentre for disease control
    • Vic healthVic health
    • Tourism VictoriaTourism Victoria
    • Melbourne Convention and Visitors BureaMelbourne Convention and Visitors Burea
    • The nature conservatoryThe nature conservatory
    • People and Parks FoundationPeople and Parks Foundation
    • CGUCGU
    • City of MelbourneCity of Melbourne
    • Heart FoundationHeart Foundation
    • VictoriaVictoria
    • Parks and LeisureParks and Leisure
    • Vic UrbanVic Urban
    • 3aw3aw
    • NSW ParksNSW Parks
    • WWFWWF
    • Parks ForumParks Forum
    • Ultra FeedbackUltra Feedback
    • IndecIndec