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04 Nov 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Nagano, 4 November 2001 - The participants at the IV IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, comprising:

- the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace
- the United Nations Environment Programme,
- the United Nations Children’s Fund,
- the World Bank,
- the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,
- the International Paralympic Committee,
- 24 International Federations,
- 80 National Olympic Committees,
- 4 Organising Committees for the Olympic Games,
- the World Olympians Association,
- 45 Olympians,
- other members of the Olympic Movement,
- recognised organisations,
- local sports, municipal and governmental authorities,
- academic institutions,


their firm commitment to upholding the principles of sustainability in their sports activities as well as in their daily practices, and to promoting these principles on a global scale, so as to help ensure that our planet Earth is given a Sporting Chance.

They express their gratitude:

-to the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace for his valuable contribution to the proceedings and for his support to the aims and objectives of the Conference, and
-to the Japanese Olympic Committee, the City of Nagano and the Mizuno Sports Promotion Foundation for their excellent hosting of the first such Conference of the new millennium in this beautiful Olympic city.

The Conference has adopted the following Resolution which it strongly hopes will serve as a source of inspiration to the entire Olympic Movement and the world sports community:


Adopted by the Fourth IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment on 4 November, 2001, in Nagano-City, Japan

The Conference,

Considering that the application of the principles of sustainable development, as outlined by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, is also the responsibility of the Olympic Movement and of the sports community, particularly as the environment is one of the three dimensions of Olympism;

Recognising that the Olympic Movement has the ability and also the responsibility to contribute towards achieving sustainable development in sport and through sport;

Taking note of the progress made in the implementation of the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 since its adoption by the IOC and the Third World Conference on Sport and the Environment in 1999;

Aware that the attainment of this objective requires the active involvement of all the groups that make up the Olympic Movement, particularly the athletes, including athletes with disability, as well as the support of Governments, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the other relevant international organisations;

Convinced that sport is universally recognised as a powerful agent for change;

Urges all the members of the Olympic Movement, all participants in sport and enterprises associated with sport to continue and intensify their efforts in implementing environmental, economic and social sustainability in all of their policies and activities;

Requests them to demonstrate their commitment to support, through sports activities, initiatives to be undertaken in the lead up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002;

Calls upon them to actively cooperate with one another and particularly with the United Nations, other concerned international organisations and the media with a view to contributing to the fulfilment of the aims of Agenda 21 and to the success of the World Summit on Sustainable Development;

Requests all members of the Olympic Movement to work with the World Olympians Association to help encourage athletes to contribute to the promotion of environmental education and training and to increase awareness on these matters.

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