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05 June, 2018

Launch of New Global Action Plan on Physical Activity

The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) is delighted to welcome and endorse the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 More Active People for a Healthier World, endorsed at the 71st World Health Assembly. The comprehensive plan will be launched in Portugal on Monday 4 June 2018 co-hosted by WHO and the Ministry of Health of Portugal and the Portuguese Football Federation with attendance of the Prime Minister of Portugal and the Director General of WHO.


The endorsement and launch of this Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) is a most significant development for the global physical activity movement and has been a key advocacy goal for ISPAH for many years.   

The action plan was developed over the past year with input from around the world, including from various members of the ISPAH Board. The consultation has been broad, including all regions and representation from across all sectors of government, civil society, non-state actors, private sector, research and the academic community. The development was initiated following the request of countries at WHA 70 in May 2017, led by Thailand, for more leadership and a road map on effective national policy to increase levels of participation in physical activity. 

The core structure is the achievement of 4 objectives through 20 action areas with specific policy and roles recommended for government and stakeholders.

The 4 objectives are Active Environments, Active People, Active Systems and Active Society which are mutually reinforcing and support countries to achieve access to safe and enabling environments and to diverse and equitable opportunities to be physically active for all people in their daily lives. 

The International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) welcomes the development. ISPAH advocacy lead Trevor Shilton said "These measures present a new way of tackling the promotion of physical activity through a whole of system of approach".  He added, ".. this plan is all about getting all people more active, regardless of age and ability, in ways they can enjoy.  It focuses attention and the need for action on the causes of why so many people are less active – and these are cultural, environmental and economic as well as individual factors". 

The initiative recognises the multiple benefits of more active societies including improved individual and community health as well as significant contribution to the social, cultural, environmental and economic development of all nations. 

The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity will make a significant contribution to both the UN NCD Targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The action plan is available from the WHO website at www.who.int/lets-be-active/en/ and you can watch the Let's be active for health for all clip.

ISPAH Looks forward to active engagement in dissemination of GAPPA and implementation in the coming months and years. We encourage all members to advocate strongly for the plan and we call on all Member States to commit to equitable implementation through funded National Physical Activity Action Plans that embrace each of the GAPPA's 4 objectives of Active Environments, Active People, Active Systems and Active Society. 


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