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03 Dec 2003
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5th World Conference on Sport And the Environment Adopts Positive Measures

After two days of productive meetings, the participants of the 5th World Conference on Sport and the Environment agreed on clear measures for working together to ensure respect for the principles of sustainable development through sport. From sponsorship strategies to green procurement for sports events, from environmentally-friendly venue design to the role of athletes as communicators for the environment and role models for development through sport, the conference examined real examples of positive measures and defined a common way forward.

The conference was attended by current and past Games organisers, athletes, applicant cities, academics and other members of the Olympic Movement, such as representatives of National Olympic Committees and International Sports Federations from around the world. Partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Turin 2006 Winter Games Organising Committee (TOROC) provided examples both of best practice and of practical implementation.

“The IOC is proud of its role in organising the 5th World Conference on Sport and the Environment”, said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “The IOC is committed to ensuring that the Olympic Games are held in conditions which demonstrate a responsible concern for environmental issues. And we are equally committed to encouraging all those connected with the Olympic Movement to value the importance of sustainable development.”

IOC Sport and Environment Commission Chairman Pál Schmitt, also the Conference Chairman, said: “Turin was an excellent choice for the 5th World Conference on Sport and the Environment. By renovating a number of sports venues rather than building new ones, Turin’s work towards the 2006 Olympic Winter Games has embraced one of the key means of implementing the IOC’s adoption of Agenda 21. The past two days have been rich with practical examples of implementation strategies and techniques. We look forward to those examples serving as inspiration for future Games, the Olympic Movement and for sport in general around the world, as we work together to make the environment the winner.”


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