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04 Apr 2011
Olympic News , Sport and Environment

The Olympic Green Debate comes to Doha

Later this month, Qatar will host the 9th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment. The event, taking place from 30 April to 2 May in Doha, comes at a strategic moment, just ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012 and the Olympic Games in London, which have sustainability at the heart of their preparations. Renowned speakers and experts will shed light on how the mainstreaming of sport can provide inspiring solutions to a greener future.

Youth on the stage

The Conference will be officially opened by IOC President Jacques Rogge and distinguished personalities such as the UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner; the Heir Apparent and IOC member, HH Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamd Al Thani; and the Chairman of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission, HE Dr Pál Schmitt, the President of Hungary. In the following two days, topics such as sport’s contribution to the Rio +20 Earth Summit; the role of Olympic partners in promoting a green agenda; sport and its ecological footprints and how Olympic Organising Committees are integrating environmental sustainability into their planning will be discussed in plenary and breakout sessions. Olympic champions such as Jill Savery, will also have their voices heard. Frank Fredericks will chair the final plenary session, in which participants at the first Youth Olympic Games that took place in Singapore last year will take the floor and share their visions of a sustainable planet. The young speakers come from all different parts of the world, namely from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Australia, India and Canada.

Playing for a Greener Future

Under the motto “Playing for a Greener Future”, the Conference is being organised by the IOC in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Qatar Olympic Committee. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to actively support the Conference motto there and then: they will be able to contribute during the public comment period on the final draft of the Event Organisers Sector Supplement, add their own public commentary to the new Event Sector Supplement led by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and make their own environmental pledge to care for our planet on the Green Wall Banner. In line with the event objectives, the organisers have committed to a paperless Conference and it is planned to broadcast all Conference sessions live via digital media.

Learn more about the programme and the keynote speakers here.

Items on the agenda, which will be addressed in plenary and breakout sessions, include:

  • How sport can contribute to the 2012 Rio +20 Earth Summit
  • Ways of implementing the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 at global and local level
  • The role of sport in achieving goal 7 (environmental sustainability) of the Millennium Development Goals
  • How to make sports events sustainable
  • The role of Olympians in promoting respect for the environment
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