MESSAGE FROM THE IOC PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Lausanne, 5 June 2000 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the following statement in commemoration of World Environment Day:
The bright torch that we carry in our day-to-day life simply represents our innermost desire and quest for the betterment of our world for the benefit of our children and of generations to come. This desire and quest can only be fulfilled and rewarded if we all work together to protect and preserve the purity of the environment that we solely depend on.
The International Olympic Committee continues to cherish a fruitful working relationship with the United Nations Environment Programme in stimulating worldwide awareness of the environment and sustainable development through sport.
The Olympic Family commemorates this important United Nations Environment Day in recognition that the state of the world environment impacts our own existence.
On this World Environment Day, I invite all the members of the Olympic Movement, all sportsmen and women as well as all entities associated with sport, to uphold this important pillar in our Movement, “The Environment”, and take every step possible to make meaningful contribution for the protection of our environment and for the promotion of sustainable development. The newly adopted Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 suggests the means to help achieve this goal.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, “2000, The Environment Millennium, Time to Act” – is a timely reminder of our role in Our One and Only Earth. It is high time that we make the protection of the environment through sustainable development our daily practice.