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The Global Active City Summit will take place as part of the Ciudad Activa Summit in Buenos Aires

Anyone with an interest in creating active cities is invited to a free conference for local authorities, health professionals, academics and others. The Global Active City Summit in Buenos Aires on 9 October will offer a selection of talks and round-tables with influential figures driving international health, sports and urban policies (full agenda below).

Delegates will have the chance to hear sports directors and politicians from some of the world’s first Global Active Cities recount their experiences. Topics under discussion will include active cities and sustainable development; physical activity as an enabler for municipal development and social inclusion; the crucial role of municipalities in combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs); and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The summit is part of two-day joint event with the City of Buenos Aires. On 10 October there will be an exploration of Ciudad Activa – Buenos Aires’ active city and healthy eating programme, which is one of the many legacies of the Youth Olympic Games due to take place from 6 to 18 October.

While places are free of charge, delegates must organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation.
Register for the Global Active City Summit.


Venue: Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

10:30-11:00: Welcome coffee & networking
11:00-11:30: Opening session

Opening Session

Welcome Words

– Matias Lopez, Secretary of Citizen Development, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina
– Philippe Furrer, Head of YOG Engagement, Learn & Share, IOC, Switzerland
– Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA
– Steve Marsden, Secretary General, Evaleo


Interactive session with a Panel of the first accredited Global Active Cities:
– Andy Grote, Senator for Home Affairs and Sport, Municipality of Hamburg, Germany
– Matias Lopez, Secretary of Citizen Development, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina
– Bengt Fjeldbraaten, Public Health and Global Active City Coordinator, Municipality of Lillehammer, Norway
– Nicky Yates, Strategic PA and Sport Development Manager, Municipality of Liverpool, UK

Theme 1: Physical Activity – A key enabler for Municipal development

Topics: Governance, Public Policy, Civil Society Alliances, Urban Planning, Sustainable Mobility

Keynote: Carlos Mac Allister, Sport Secretary, Argentinian Government on “Sport Public Policy in Argentina” (or Ministry representative)

– Héctor Gatto, Undersecretary for Citizenship Well-being, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina on “Healthy Stations”
– Paula Bisiau, Undersecretary for Sustainable Mobility, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina on “Sustainable Mobility”
– Marie Sallois, Director for Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability, IOC, France on “Sustainable sport events: Olympic Games legacy”

Theme 2: The Human First – Active Cities for Societal Benefits

Topics: Socio-economic impact, health, social inclusion, sport public policies

Keynote: Mathias López, Secretary of Citizen Development, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina on “Social Inclusion through Sport”

– Pedro Cavazzoni, CEO Brazilian Snow Sports Federation & Young Change Maker+, Brazil on “Ski Na Rua”
– Gabriela Matus Bonilla, United Play Guatemala & Young Change Maker+, Guatemala on “My Role as YCM+ in Guatemala”
– Nicky van Rossem, Project Officer and Young Change Maker+, Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee, Belgium on “The responsibilities and impact of being a Young Change-Maker”

Theme 3: Towards a Healthier World – The crucial role of Municipalities in combatting NCDs

Topics: Sustainable Health, Health prevention, NCDs, Nutrition, Obesity

Keynote: Dr. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, President-Elect, European Association of the Study of Obesity, Switzerland on “Fighting Childhood Obesity”

– Dr. Ana Bou Pérez, Health Department, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina on “Health Public Policies Against NCDs”
– Carlos Otheguy, Novo Nordisk CEO, Argentina on “Cities Changing Diabetes”

Theme 4: Think Global, Act Local – Achieving the SDGs

Keynote: Prof. Fernando Cáceres, Secretary of State for Sport, Uruguay on “Achieving SDGs through Sports: the Uruguayan Approach”

– Novella Calligaris, Olympian, Italy on “Cultural movements through sport: Run For Art”
– Jessica Braver, UN Agency, Argentina on “SDGs and female empowerment”

Concluding remarks:
– Francisco Irarrazaval, AWI, Argentina
– Mathias Lopez, Municipality of Buenos Aires, Argentina
– Gabriel Messmer, AWI

Friday, 10 October 2018

09:30 – 17:45: Participation in the Buenos Aires Ciudad Activa Forum

17:45 – 18:00: Summit brief summary of outputs
– Buenos Aires
– Francisco Irarrazaval, AWI

18:00 – 18:30: Closing Round Table: “Active and Healthy Cities: The Societal Benefits of Hosting the Olympic Games”
– Thomas Bach, President, IOC
– Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires
– Gerardo Werthein, IOC Member, President of BA2018 and COA

Continue the discussions by following @AWBInitiative or tweet using the hashtag #GlobalActiveCity