Annual Meeting 2022

Lausanne – Switzerland

The Olympic Capital, Host City of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne is proud to invite all the Olympic Cities to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting of the World Union of Olympic Cities.

The Annual Meeting and the General Assembly of the World Union of Olympic Cities will be held at the Olympic House.

  • Session 1

    Session 1 – Highlight on Munich’s 50th Olympic Anniversary

    Legacy is a permanent process, that is either continuously activated or mobilised at specific moments (e.g., around anniversary celebrations).  Preparing/activating legacy requires a dedicated team – either permanent or ad hoc – to design, prepare, implement and monitor the longest chapter of the Games – starting before the event and ideally never-ending. There is no one-size-fits-all model on how to activate Olympic legacy. Through the example of Munich’s 50th Olympic Anniversary, the session will analyse how to build up and run a team that can combine inspiration, technicity, and expertise as well as ensure political commitment to a long-term vision and how Cities, National Olympic Committees, Organising Committees, and legacy entities can articulate the activation of legacy and/or deliver a long-lasting legacy programme.

  • Session 2

    Session 2 – Beijing 2022: a look forward from a dual Olympic City

    As a “dual Olympic City” which has hosted both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Beijing has enjoyed a unique Olympic experience. Let’s have a look at the Olympic legacy policies and initiatives that drove the Beijing project to ensure that the organisation of the Games was more than a 16-day major event and left a long-lasting heritage for the population.

  • Session 3

    Session 3 – How to measure the impact of major events’ legacy?

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been developing a Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development which provides guidance on how events can be deliberately designed and executed to generate long-term benefits, focusing in particular on positively impacting communities and contributing to economic growth and development. In this context, the IOC and the OECD are collaborating to develop tools to evaluate the contribution of the Games to local development and citizens’ well-being, based on rigorous and evidence-based analysis. The session will address the question of key indicators to be used to optimise legacy for the local population.

  • Session 4

    Session 4 – How can Olympic Cities contribute to WHO’s GAPPA objectives?

    In 2019, the World Union of Olympic signed, together with TAFISA, the Call for Action on Sport and Active Cities. In 2022, several Olympic Cities’ Mayors signed the Olympic Cities’ Health and Physical Activity Commitment. Health is also at the heart of IOC concerns and commitments. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It also helps to prevent hypertension, excess weight and obesity, and can improve mental health, quality of life and well-being. In addition to the multiple health benefits of physical activity, societies that are more active can generate additional returns on investments including a reduced use of fossil fuels, cleaner air and less congested, safer roads. These outcomes are interconnected with achieving the shared goals, political priorities and ambitions of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The WHO global action plan to promote physical activity (GAPPA) offers guidance and a framework of effective and feasible policy actions to increase physical activity at all levels. Olympic Cities are committed to the promotion of health and physical activity. The session will address how the IOC and Olympic Cities can join efforts to support WHO guidelines and objectives.

  • General Assembly

    General Assembly of the World Union of Olympic Cities

    Annual statutory meeting

  • Mayors and Vice-Mayors’ Meeting

    Mayors and Vice-Mayors’ Meeting

    To be held at the Villa Mon-Repos, home of the first IOC headquarters and first Olympic Museum. 

  • On-site Visit

    Les Halles Sportives de Beaulieu / Beaulieu Sports Hall

    As the Olympic Capital, Host City of the Youth Olympic Games and a city for which sport and physical activity are an inherent part of its DNA, the City of Lausanne is full of treasures linked to Olympism and sport. No doubt that you will appreciate the visit to such a promising locale.

    Welcome dinner of the 2022 smartcities & sport summit

    Beaulieu Sports Hall

  • Pratical information

    Practical information

    The World Union of Olympic Cities will cover all on-site expenses for up to two representatives of Olympic Cities’ Active Members. It includes registration fees, meals and three nights of hotel accommodation in Lausanne. Fees for additional participants amount to CHF 650.-