ISPAH Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity - Invitation to comment

Dear Delegates of the 2016 ISPAH International Congress on Physical Activity and Health and ISPAH Members
 
We are pleased to share with you a draft of the proposed congress output statement: The Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development and invite you to provide comment and input.

Details on the aims and purpose and how to provide input are outlined below.
 
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The BKK Declaration is a consensus statement which aims to remind and reinforce the importance of physical activity, not only for health and NCD prevention, but critically to introduce and develop the links between the contribution that increasing physical activity can have to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. Our decision to focus on the SDG links is deliberate and timely. PA is still not seen as a priority nor are the synergies with other agendas fully appreciated. As a consequence opportunities to align and co invest in common goals and actions are missed. We are all aware there is a global PA target and yet current national action is insufficient to achieve it.  
 
Congress statements with endorsement of Congress delegates, can be very important tools and reference points for national, regional and global advocacy efforts. The statement itself can be used to communicate to key partners and stakeholders our global PA agenda and our key ‘asks.’  If used effectively, it can help attract and direct resources in stated areas of need and priority, and develop and strengthen new partnerships within countries and regions.
 
ISPAH in partnership with Thai Health and others, intend to develop additional materials to support the formal Bangkok Statement but these will developed and disseminated after the congress – such as one pagers, infographics, other tools etc.
 
DEVELOPMENT TO DATE
This advanced version was drafted by a group of the congress organisers and informed by a preliminary round of critical feedback from over 30 experts from around the globe. Major revision and considerable shortening of the document has produced a succinct 4 page statement which
specifically calls for countries and agencies to implement 6 actions.
 
INVITATION TO REVIEW AND PROVIDE COMMENTS
We invite you to read the draft Bangkok Declaration and provide comment to improve it. There are 5 ways:
1.      Email your comments toISPAHorg@gmail.com
2.      Bring your comments to the ISPAH Congress & visit the ISPAH Booth to give us your comments in our BKK Declaration display area
3.      Attend the GAPA meeting at ISPAH congress to discuss use and dissemination of the BKK declaration and next steps
4.      Via ISPAH face book - International Society for Physical Activity & Health
5.      Via twitter - @ISPAH and @ISPAH2016 #ISPAH2016

You can download the draft Bangkok declaration here.

We look forward to your comments and engagement, and for those attending the congress seeing you next week.

The BKK Declaration will be launched at the closing ceremony of the Congress. Follow us on twitter #ISPAH2016
 
Fiona Bull
Chair, ISPAH 2016 Congress Scientific Committee
President ISPAH 2014-2016.