Planting a tree for the children of Copenhagen
Practising sport or recreational activities while preserving our environment is one of the Olympic Movement’s main concerns. Today, the IOC has once again shown its commitment by donating 115 trees* to the city of Copenhagen. These trees will be planted in Nǿrrebro, an area of Copenhagen that is currently undergoing major urban development.
A greener future for the next generation
At a special event, the first five trees were planted by IOC President Jacques Rogge; the four IOC Vice-Presidents, Lambis V. Nikolaou, Chiharu Igaya, Thomas Bach, and Zaiqing Yu; and the Mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard. Children from the local school, Rådmands Gade Skole, also took part in the event by helping to dig holes for and plant a number of the trees, which they can afterwards watch grow and blossom in their neighbourhood. Speaking on this occasion, President Rogge recalled the strong commitment of the city of Copenhagen to promoting and preserving a healthy environment. With its new project, the city will provide a large park for recreational activities, and create awareness among and provide education to young people on environmental issues.
2011 Sport Environment Conference in Qatar
The city of Doha (Qatar) will host the 9th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment from 30 April to 1st May 2011. On the occasion of the Olympic Congress, a memorandum of understanding was signed on 4 October by President Rogge and Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Qatari NOC President, also an IOC member. It is the first time that such a conference is being held in the Middle East. The Conference will be an excellent platform for exchanging expertise and best practice as well as for increasing awareness of environmental issues and the impact of sports practice. The Qatari NOC is very active in developing environment-related programmes. Last year, for example, the second edition of the Schools Olympic Programme was held under the theme of “sport and environment”, with thousands of students from different schools taking part.
*This number corresponds to the total number of IOC members, which may not exceed 115 (Rule 16.1.1 of the Olympic Charter).