FIRST MEETING OF THE JOINT IOC/UNEP WORKING GROUP ON SPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Lausanne, 23rd February 2000 - Representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) met in Lausanne on Monday 21st February. Following on from the Rio de Janeiro Statement in October 1999, the two organizations set up this joint working group with the task of implementing the Olympic Movement’s own Agenda 21.
The main purpose of this first meeting was to discuss how best to promote action in support of environmental education. A new approach to the environment seminars organized by the IOC was suggested by UNEP, which will contribute its know-how. Particular attention will be given to exploiting the possibilities offered by the Internet.
The working group is composed of Pál Schmitt, Olav Myrholt, Joseph Tarradellas and Shahbaz Behnam, for the IOC Sport and Environment Commission, and Tore Brevik and Wondy Asnake for UNEP.
The Agenda 21 concept was approved at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The “United Nations Programme of Action” (Agenda 21) takes into account the current key problems and seeks to prepare the world for the challenges of the new millennium by favouring sustainable development. The goal of the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 is to enable the sports community to participate in the global programme of sustainable development.
The next meeting of the working group, at which other points will be discussed, will be held on 7th April next in Lausanne.