WHO YC Webinar - An Active Future
The WHO ‘An Active Future’ webinar was an extraordinary effort of challenges in developing, selecting and realising the global and diverse reflection of young leaders who have a passion for sport, art, culture and digital activity in the lives of their fellow global citizens.
The Youth Charter’s contribution to the WHO Sport and Physical activity webinar series reflected the agency’s ongoing global development and campaign of a #legacyopportunity4all in the areas of mental, physical and emotional health, wellbeing and safeguarding of young citizens on all five continents and in particular, those of social, cultural and economic disaffection and disadvantage. Following the COVID pandemic and the George Floyd Black Lives Matter movement, this webinar series was uniquely placed to provide a youth leadership voice in the continued equality, diversity and inclusion sector supporting the fundamental human rights right to be ‘interactively active’ and ‘actively interactive’.
The purpose of the Webinar was to provide global young leaders of diverse identity, skills, competencies, talent and potential from sport, culture, art and digital sectors to contribute to the seven series webinar, discussing, debating and recommending future policy that would see sport for development aim to re-set the current movement, sector and industry.
Four specific themes were identified from the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) webinar on 6 April 2021 held to mark the 2021 IDSDP. These four themes form the thematic structure of panel presentations, interventions, Q&A and discussions in each webinar. The four themes are:
1. “Champion Change” – recognising that new ways and change is needed and will be part of the future resilient system; needs therefore include building capacity in the system to be agile and adaptive, for example, individual and system agility, responsiveness, and innovation.
2. “Understand better” - at two levels of application:
a) at the system level - the parts of the system needs to know itself better, know each other and respective roles and contributions; the effective system needs to enable and strengthen connections, identify and respond to gaps;
b) at the individual level – everyone will benefit from knowing and understanding more about the community/ clients/ inactive/less active, across countries and contexts; more and deeper insights on the enablers and barriers to being active and will help respond, innovate and adapt better
3. “Invest Smarter” – demonstrating effectiveness and impact, transparency and accountability are essential to attracting and sustaining investment; innovative models of investment and stronger financing mechanisms and are needed to scale effective approaches
4. “Strengthen Partnerships” – strengthening the system requires knowledge and valuing and engagement across the PA and Sport eco-system; support links and connections, creating synergies and amplifying actions across the system as well as reducing inefficiencies, filling gaps will support maximizing reach and impact of all contributions across programs, services, infrastructure, initiatives and is summarised as “stronger together’.
These four themes are not mutually exclusive and intersect and reinforce each other. Each webinar aims to explore and inform how we can collectively achieve these four ‘objectives’ and the WHO policy/advocacy document proposed for Summer 2021.
participants (young and old)