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02 Dec 2003
Olympic News

Fifth World Conference on Sport and the Environment opens

Tuesday 2 December, the fifth World Conference on Sport and the Environment, organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was opened at the Centro Congressi Lingotto in Turin.

Over 250 delegates
Over 250 delegates from the Olympic Movement are taking part. The opening ceremony featured speeches from Mr Roberto Tortoli, Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of the Environment; Dr Klaus Töpfer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director; the Chairman of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission, Pál Schmitt; and the top officials of the Region, the Province and the City of Turin.

Promote the growth of "green"
The conference objectives are: to promote the growth of “green” sensitivity in the international world of sports, to make known the most interesting and innovative initiatives, to promote care for the environment as an Olympic value and to define guidelines for future policies.

Environment friendly sports events
The different working sessions of the Conference will be devoted to sports and environmental marketing, the organisation of environment-friendly sports events, the supply of eco-compatible services for sports events and bio-architecture. Parallel working sessions will cover the following themes: sport as a resource for sustainable development, environmental monitoring, the green heritage of sports events and the role of athletes as promoters of environmental protection.

The conference, which is organised jointly with the Organising Committee of the Turin Winter Games (TOROC) )and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will conclude on Wednesday 3 December with the speeches of IOC President Rogge and TOROC President Castellani, as well as CONI President Gianni Petrucci and Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director.

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