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IOC signs sustainability agreement with International Union for Conservation of Nature

13 Apr 2016
Olympic News

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) signed a cooperation agreement today with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to support the Candidate Cities for the 2024 Olympic Games on sustainability and conservation matters related to their candidatures.

The agreement is in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which places great emphasis on incorporating sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games and encourages strategic partnerships with internationally recognised organisations to increase the impact of its programmes.

“Sustainability is one of the key pillars of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms. IUCN is a leading international expert in its field and we appreciate their technical expertise to help cities deliver sustainable Olympic Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “It means that biodiversity and conservation will be an integral part of the Olympic Games’ legacy.”

Under the collaboration agreement, IUCN will assist the IOC in reviewing the environmental conditions, biodiversity conservation and restoration plans of the four Candidate Cities vying to host the Games in 2024: Los Angeles (United States), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), and Paris (France)*. The two organisations will also work together to support the integration of these topics into the IOC’s Sustainability and Legacy Strategic Framework. As the world’s largest conservation organisation, IUCN can draw on the knowledge of over 15,000 experts. 

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen, who is also a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, said: “This new agreement recognises the important role nature plays in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting sport and healthy lifestyles. IUCN welcomes this opportunity to identify conservation issues and Key Biodiversity Areas in the bids put forward by the potential Olympic host cities for 2024.  Ensuring future Games contribute positively to conservation is in the interest of both organisations, as well as the people living in and visiting Olympic host cities.”      

In November last year, the IOC held a series of workshops in Lausanne, where IUCN was invited to share its expertise, conservation tools and best practices with the Candidate Cities 2024.

IUCN is a membership union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 member organisations. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Learn more about IUCN here.


*Cities are listed in the order of drawing of lots. 

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