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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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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…
Representatives of the Global Active Cities holding their certificates, with other award winners and Thomas Bach

World’s first Global Active Cities certified at Olympic celebration

The world’s first Global Active Cities were honoured at an awards ceremony as part of the opening celebrations for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Lillehammer, Norway; Liverpool, UK; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada were officially certified at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) celebration. The ceremony took place during the Olympism In Action Forum, which continues today. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “We have had confidence in the Global Active…
Runners setting off on the Buenos Aires Marathon

World’s first Global Active Cities announced

The names of the world’s first Global Active Cities have been revealed today, to mark World Heart Day. The cities – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hamburg, Germany; Lillehammer, Norway; Liverpool, UK; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada – have worked hard to offer all their residents the opportunity to choose active and healthy lifestyles and improve their well-being. Each city has embraced a management model that motivates people at risk of inactivity-related illnesses to take up regular physical activity and…
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