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ACTIVE. HEALTHY. HAPPY.
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

MAYOR OF BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

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

MAYOR OF LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY

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

PROGRAMME MANAGER, NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCD) PREVENTION, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

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

PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

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Buenos Aires showcases its Global Active City programme and Youth Olympic Games 2018 legacy

An ambitious strategy to improve the physical activity levels and healthy eating habits of millions of urban residents will be showcased during the Youth Olympic Games. More than 50 internationally and nationally renowned experts in sports, health, nutrition and well-being will share their knowledge at the two-day active city summit in Buenos Aires in October. For three years the city has been working hard to improve existing projects and kick start new ones in order to turn public spaces into…

Final stages of naming the world’s first Global Active Cities

Six places are in the final stages of becoming the world’s first Global Active Cities. Twice as many have applied for the international label this year as predicted at the start of 2018. Independent auditors carry out a thorough evaluation to determine whether the efforts made by the cities have met the Global Active City Standard’s requirements. The evaluation process includes a two-day on-site audit with visits to facilities and public spaces, and interviews with city officials, professionals, community members…
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