Sochi ready to host 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment
Environmentalists, academics, government figures and sports experts will shortly head to Sochi, Russia, for the 10th edition of the World Conference on Sport and the Environment taking place from 30 October to 1 November 2013, ahead of the Olympic Winter Games.
Under the Conference theme “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”, some of the key subjects to be discussed are: A Collective Vision for Sustainable Development, the new Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), Russian Legacies pre- & post-Sochi 2014, the sustainable development landscape following Rio+20, and showcasing legacies of the Olympic Games and Olympic bids for sustainable development, as well as highlighting the UN system.
The biennial Conference is one of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s key advocacy initiatives in the field of the environment, and gathers representatives from the Olympic family, governments, the UN system, academic institutions and NGOs.
Pioneers on stage in Sochi
Keynote speakers at the 10th World Conference on Sport and the Environment include the first women from Saudi Arabia to scale Mount Everest, Raha Moharrak (MKD), and pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh, who is the first to have swum in every ocean of the world and is also UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Patron of the Ocean, to mention but a few.
The winners of the 3rd IOC Sport and Environment Awards - which recognise and celebrate outstanding grassroots initiatives in the field of sustainable sport and environment - will be announced during the event and will present their best practice in a dedicated plenary session.
The event is organised in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Russian government, the Russian Olympic Committee and the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014. This edition follows one year after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), often abbreviated to Rio+20, which was a key moment in the global sustainability agenda. Indeed, Rio+20 saw a renewal of the sporting community’s long-term and political commitment to sustainable development.