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The Global Active City label is the ultimate recognition.


How to become a Global Active City?


The Active Well-being Initiative empowers cities and people to take healthy steps.

The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) helps cities and organisations to improve the lives of their citizens through the promotion of physical activity, sport and well-being for all. In a world which is facing increasing health problems, the AWI model advocates for more sustainable urban living and calls for new forms of governance. It provides a suite of standards, tools and services, road-tested with a group of pilot cities, and empowers city leaders, their communities and citizens to drive change. Cities are invited to join the movement and see their efforts certified by the Global Active City label.

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What the Active Well-being Initiative has designed is a unique model that helps us to capture and meet the complexity of our task, with a focus on action, impact and continual improvement.
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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta


It’s exciting to witness how members of our alliance see the benefits of working together and how the framework promoted by the Active Well-being Initiative acted as a catalyst for a number of new integrated actions.
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Espen Johnsen


Coordinated and cross-sectorial action is needed everywhere. WHO welcomes and supports innovative approaches such as the IOC-supported Active Well-being Initiative and its Global Active City label.
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Dr Fiona Bull


I encourage every city in the world to consider the proposed model to improve accessibility to a healthy and active lifestyle for all. 
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Thomas Bach


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Active Cities key dates 2019: illustration of people in an active city.

Active Cities – key dates for 2019

Decision-makers will address the importance of physical activity and creating active cities at a number of major events this year. Here are a selection of the key dates in 2019 for anyone interested in the active city movement. They include workshops and conferences from our partners The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), the PACTE Project (Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe), EASO, and the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Click on the events to find out more.…
An artist's illustration of the words Global Active Cities with people being active

Olympic focus on Global Active Cities

The Olympic Review, the magazine of the Olympic Movement, reflects on the achievements of the world’s first Global Active Cities in its current edition. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach congratulates Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Lillehammer, Liverpool, Ljubljana and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, for their pioneering approaches to managing physical activity and sport. The article takes a look at what each city has done to improve opportunities for residents to make life-changing choices to get active – and the benefits for…
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Grants available for promoting physical activity

Organisations that promote physical activity at grassroots level, especially among marginalised groups, are invited to apply for a grant of 20,000CHF (20,000USD). The International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission will make four awards to groups that promote the health and social benefits of sport and participation in regular physical activity. While the funding is not available to city authorities or other government bodies, non-governmental organisations and international or national sports federations can apply. The closing date for applications is…
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