A healthy island is one that is committed to and involved in a process of achieving better health and quality of life for its people, and healthier physical and social environments in the context of sustainable development.
Reference: adapted from Yanuca Island Declaration. WHO (WPRO), Manila, 1995
The Yanuca Island Declaration states that Healthy Islands are places where children are nurtured in body and mind; environments invite learning and leisure; people work and age in dignity; and ecological balance is a source of pride. This Declaration was ratified by the Health Ministers of fourteen Pacific Island nations in 1995 and has since become an inter-regional source of reference for Healthy Islands programmes throughout the world.