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12 Jan 2007
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IOC and UNEP meet in Nairobi

 Support to the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee (BOCOG) was one of the main subjects discussed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, and the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, when they met yesterday in Nairobi (Kenya).
The environment - an important element of Beijing 2008
Rogge and Steiner reviewed Beijing’s preparations and praised BOCOG’s dedication to seriously addressing environmental issues across all their Olympic projects. They also agreed to join forces to further promote the environmental aspects of the 2008 Games.
The IOC and UNEP
The IOC and UNEP have been working together for over 10 years. In 1994, the IOC and UNEP signed a cooperative agreement, in which both organisations agreed to promote joint initiatives in the field of sport and the environment. Indeed, this year in Beijing, China, the IOC and the Beijing Organising Committee, in association with UNEP, will be organising the 7th World Conference on Sport and the Environment, which will run from 25 to 27 October 2007. In addition to these initiatives, UNEP also has a representative on the IOC’s Sport and Environment Commission. The Commission meets on a regular basis to review environmental issues related to the Olympic Games and to advise the IOC Executive Board on environmental issues.
Turin and Host City Selection
UNEP was most recently involved with the Torino 2006 Olympic Games, which set new standards in environmental sustainability in mass sport and audience events. This progress is due to the fact that, as the environment is the third dimension of the Olympic Movement, it has become one of the main criteria for the evaluation and selection of cities to host the Olympic Games, and is also a major priority for the preparation and staging of the Games.
 Ofiicial site of UNEP
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