Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö


The Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö, or the “Malmö Commission" finished their work, 1 of Mars 2013. The Commission was independent and consisted of fourteen commissionaires, each with specific areas of expertise within the domains of social sciences, health economy, urban studies and the city of Malmö.

Download the final report "Malmö´s path towards a sustainable future"

Download "The city´s spatial impact on health"

The results of the commissions work is a report with 24 goals, 72 actions and two over all recomendations:

1. Establish a social investment policy that can reduce inequities in living conditions and make societal systems more equitable.

2. Change processes by creating knowledge alliances and democratised management.

The Commission

The decision to launch a commission was made in May 2010 by the local council of Malmö followed by the appointment of Professor Emeritus, Sven-Olof Isacsson to chair the commission in November the same year.

The commission came about in light of the present differences in health observed among different population groups and different areas in Malmö. The quality of health, mortality rates and the ability to self assess ones health varied across the city, essentially creating a situation that was considered both unethical and unjust and contradicting of the city´s strategic goals for a socially sustainable Malmö.

Propose strategies for reducing health inequalities

The main task of the commission  was to assemble evidence and based on those propose strategies for reducing health inequalities and improve the long term living conditions for the citizens of Malmö.

It is a well known fact that people in some parts of Malmö live nearly seven years longer than in other parts of the city. Known causes behind this discrepancy in life expectancy and health are that many people lack the fundamental conditions for good health, such as work, education, acceptable housing conditions and economic and social resources.

The commission´s task was to propose evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities and improve living conditions for all citizens of Malmö, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society.

This assignment means taking on a complex set of challenges to the city of Malmö that demands long term strategic decisions and actions. The entire life span is to be taken into consideration.

WHO central source of inspiration

The Malmö Commission draws on the findings of the WHO report Closing the Gap in a Generation by the Marmot Commission, a leading authority in the study of public health, which, according to the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, constitutes one of the most important contributions to the public health debate during the last decades.

The message from the report is clear: social injustice is literary a question of life and death. It is possible to do something about it, but it requires a shift in the way authorities operates and the transition is likely to take time, at least a generation.

Three priorities

The Malmö Commission focused on three areas of society

  • Conditions of growing up for children and young people
  • Democracy and influence in society
  • Social and economic conditions

The Malmö Commision has finished their work

The Commission finished their work, 1 of Mars 2013.

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