Filmed June 2, 2015, at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo, Japan.
At the start of his speech on December 7, 2014, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach quoted Nelson Mandela, saying, “Sport has the power to change the world.” He used these words as the foundation for his announcement of Agenda 2020, a significant moment of reflection by the IOC and one that will evolve and make the Games more relevant to the greater challenges facing our society.
In many ways, Agenda 2020 aligns with ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative. It acknowledges the distinct differences of cities around the world and reinforces the need for flexible solutions while also acknowledging key shared challenges including the holistic concept of respect for the environment, embracing cultural diversity, battling childhood obesity through the promotion of sports activities and most importantly, investing in a lasting legacy.
Clearly, the Olympic Games is a driver for change in host cities, but how can governments work within this new Olympic philosophy to best invest in the constant drive to create healthier cities?