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Dr. Fiona Bull

Programme Manager, Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, The World Health Organization, Switzerland



Dr Fiona Bull is Programme Manager in the Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) at the World Health Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland and leads the global work on physical inactivity, healthy eating and the prevention of obesity. Dr Bull joined WHO in 2017 after 25 years in applied research in Australia, the US and USA. Across her career Fiona has focussed on developing scientific evidence and understanding on healthy lifestyles to inform public policy and implementation in practical programs in community settings. She has co-authored over 180 scientific publications and is actively involved in civil society as the immediate Past President of the International Society of Physical Activity. In 2014 Dr Bull was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to public health. She is a keen skier, swimmer, sailor and dog walker.


Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors of non-communicable disease (NCD) and provides a wide range of benefits to health, wellbeing and sustainable development. The physical, social and mental health benefits are across all ages and evidence shows that it is never too late to start being more active. World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed the new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 and set new target to increase physical activity by 15% by 2030.
Cycling is a key way to be active – for transport and for recreation. The GAPPA recommends key policy actions for all countries to improve the level of service of cycling networks and to accelerate implementation of agreed road safety actions. This presentation will provide an overview of the global agenda on physical activity, its position as a significant contributor to enabling achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and outline the policy and programs that city and local communities can implement to increase participation in physical activity and cycling through effective and feasible interventions.