IOC welcomes two new supporters of the UN Clean Seas initiative
Japanese town Ichinomiya and the Good Net project of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) have joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as partners of the UN Clean Seas initiative to tackle marine litter.
Host of the surfing competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Ichinomiya has pledged to promote the use of eco-bags among its students; provide lectures on the effects of microplastics on the environment; organise Ichinomiya beach clean-ups; and provide recycled draining nets to improve the water quality of Ichinomiya River.
The Good Net project, launched recently by FIVB and marine conservation group the Ghost Fishing Foundation, is designed to recover discarded fishing nets from the world’s oceans. Many of them will be recycled into volleyball nets for local community use around the world.
Launched by UN Environment in January 2017, the Clean Seas initiative aims to increase global awareness of the marine litter issue, and address gaps in waste management.
The IOC signed up to the initiative in June 2018. As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC has been working closely with International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and athletes, to encourage them to also come on board. Eleven IFs, four NOCs, and three IOC commercial partners (TOPs) – Coca Cola, Dow Chemicals and Procter & Gamble – have joined the initiative so far, thanks to the IOC’s support.
The IOC’s involvement in the Clean Seas initiative stems from the organisation’s commitment to sustainability, which is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 – the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC aims to assist Olympic Movement stakeholders in integrating sustainability into their own organisations and operations.