Global Action Plan to promote activity
A draft plan for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity has been published by the World Health Organization.
A global action plan is needed because inactivity is on the rise in many countries and globally one in four adults and four out of five adolescents do not meet the global recommendations. Progress to achieving the target of reducing inactivity by 10% by 2025 (set by the World Health Assembly) and implementation of action plans has been slow.
The proposed plan will provide policy options for Member States, international partners and the World Health Organization. They will be developed in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, taking into account current scientific knowledge, available evidence, a review of international evidence, innovations and data.
The Secretariat will follow the below process for developing the global action plan for physical activity:
- May 2017: The Secretariat will develop a zero draft of the global action plan which will include the proposed vision, strategic objectives and set of actions/interventions for all relevant stakeholders.
- June 2017: A technical advisory group will convene by the Secretariat to review the zero draft and feedback will be used to develop a first draft of the plan.
- July - September 2017: An open, web-based consultation and, where feasible, regional consultations on the first draft of the plan. The contributions will be used to develop a second draft.
- September 2017: United Nations agencies in Geneva will consult on the second draft and the contributions will be used to develop a third draft.
- October 2017: Submission of the third draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies for processing and translation, in time for consideration by the WHO Executive Board in January 2018.
- March 2018: Member states will consider the draft global action plan.
- March 2018: Submission of the final draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies.
- May 2018: Member bodies to consider the final draft.
For more information, please visit the World Health Organization website.