“As part of celebrations of the World Health Organization’s 70th anniversary in 2018, WHO is staging a major health promotion event in Geneva on the eve of the 71st World Health Assembly.
The free walk/run event, titled Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge, will be open to people of all ages and abilities and be held over three distances (short 3 kilometres, medium 5 kilometres and long 8 kilometres). These connected routes will build a bridge between “international” and “local” Geneva and Lac Leman by linking key health, international and touristic landmarks found in the city.
Other activities and interactive events will be located along the routes.
Aims of the event
- To raise awareness and profile of the work and goals of WHO and other global health agencies based in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as a global health capital in improving global health.
- Engage World Health Assembly delegates, the UN family and the Geneva community in a celebration of WHO’s 70th birthday.
- Launch a global movement to promote health and particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future
WHO has been joined by Geneva authorities, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva, Permanent Missions to the UN offices in Geneva, and other interested parties in staging the event.
Governments, community groups, advocates of health and members of the public around the world are encouraged to stage similar events during 2018 as part of WHO’s 70th anniversary and in support of promoting healthier lifestyles and access to health for all through universal health coverage.