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MOVE Congress 2014

Open City – Active City.

Open Cities – Active Cities, that is our dream. Unfortunately, the very strong global trend of urbanisation is creating many barriers for an active lifestyle, with only little room for recreational physical activity and sport.

This is not an easy task, but necessary to make the urban environment more liveable. The MOVE Congress 2014 showed that there is a growing interest from various sectors to find solutions – and that is very encouraging, but not enough. There is a need for a strong “political infrastructure”, a solid platform for cross sector collaboration to make an efficient and sustainable impact.

Otherwise, the single cross sector initiatives will remain good, but small initiatives with very little impact. With strong “political infrastructure”, sectors like city planning, transportation, public health and recreational sport, can establish cross sector collaborations with a much higher impact and more sustainability.

An international network of speakers and delegates from a range of sectors met in Rome from 22 to 25 October 2014 with a key common interest: to find innovative ways of engaging people in physical activity and grassroots sport in open and active cities.

In providing a platform for discussion, debate and an exchange of ideas, the theme of the MOVE Congress 2014 tackled the following topics:

  • Urban planning – Cities without barriers
  • Healthy lifestyles, active cities and active schools
  • Partnership and cross-sector cooperation
  • Active Ageing
  • Fundraising and partnerships
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