The Walk the Talk: Health for All Challenge returned on Sunday, 26 May 2024 to Geneva, Switzerland to provide a healthy kickstart to the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly.

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WHO joined with the UN family, Member States, athletes, local sports clubs health partners and the Geneva community to celebrate the importance of healthy lifestyles and demonstrate measures to safely conduct public events.

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This in-person event invited participants to run, walk, use your wheelchair, or move in any other way over two routes: 3 km and 4.2 km.

People of all ages and abilities gathered at Place des Nations from approximately 09:00, when fun warm-ups start, before the 09.30 official opening.

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Aims of the event:

  • Promote #HealthForAll and, particularly a healthy lifestyle, for a healthier humanity.
  • Raise awareness and profile of the work and goals of WHO and other health agencies in Geneva, highlighting the city’s role as the global health capital in improving health.
  • Engage delegates to the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, which started on 27 May 2024, and the United Nations family, non-State actors and the Geneva community in a celebration of #HealthForAll.
  • Show the strong connection between “international” and “local” Geneva.

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What?

  • A free physical activity event for all, including for people walking, running and using wheelchairs, offering 2 distances (short 3km and long 4.2km) around “international” and “local” Geneva linking key health, international and touristic landmarks.
  • An inclusive event open to all ages and abilities, with accessible routes to enable participation of, as many people as possible.
  • Other activities and interactive events will be located along the routes.

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The event was open to all participants of all ages, including the general public, students and their families, WHO Member State delegations, staff from international organisations, non-governmental organisations other World Health Assembly participants, and advocates for health.

To keep the focus on “health for all”, participants were kindly asked to avoid promotion of issues of a political nature.

 

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