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IOC and World Health Organisation extend collaborative efforts

May 30 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have extended their collaboration to promote a healthy and active lifestyle until the end of 2025. 

IOC and World Health Organisation extend collaborative efforts

At the recent World Health Assembly, IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted the importance of addressing global health challenges as a team effort.

The commitment to promoting a healthy society through sport is in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 3 (good health and wellbeing), and also helps to contribute to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“The pandemic made it crystal clear how important sport is for our physical and mental health. Sport can save lives,” Bach said.

“Obesity, cardiovascular predispositions and other non-communicable diseases were the reason for the vast majority of mortality during the pandemic. For all these diseases and predispositions, sport is an excellent tool for prevention. This is precisely what WHO and the IOC addressed through our joint campaigns like ‘Healthy Together’ and ‘Let’s Move’ – getting millions of people to stay strong and active when life as we knew it ground to a halt.”

“The pandemic made it crystal clear how important sport is for our physical and mental health. Sport can save lives." IOC President Thomas Bach

Following the initial success of ‘Let’s Move’, which was launched in June last year and inspired more than 15 million people to be more active, the programme will be relaunched just in time for Paris 2024 in the summer.

This year’s campaign will follow the theme ‘Let’s Move and Celebrate’, encouraging people around the world to ‘warm up’ for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“When our next ‘Let’s Move’ campaign kicks off on Olympic Day, on 23 June, we will once again inspire people to move for health, getting millions of people around the globe to warm up for the Olympic Games and celebrate the joy of sport,” added Bach.

The IOC and WHO have held a longstanding partnership since 1984, and in 2022, the two organisations launched a three-year cooperation programme with the aim of strengthening the role of sport in building healthy and active communities at international, regional and national level.

Image: Fitsum Admasu on Unsplash

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