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21 Oct 1999
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Rio de Janeiro, 21 October 1999 - The third IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 22 and 23 October 1999 in cooperation with the Brazilian Olympic Committee.
The main objective of this Conference will be the discussion and adoption of the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 as well as of the mechanism for its implementation .
The concept of Agenda 21 was adopted during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The “United Nations Programme of Action from Rio” (Agenda 21) addresses the pressing problems of today and aims to prepare the world for the challenges of the next century by promoting the concept of sustainable development. The Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 will establish an action programme allowing the Sports Community to participate in the global programme of sustainable development. It is aimed at the members of the Olympic Movement and all those involved in sport who share its values.
Over 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), 20 International Federations (IFs) and three Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) will attend the conference, as will representatives from athletes and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will participate together with representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Some 300 delegates and media representatives are expected to take part in the event.
The IOC organizes a World Conference on Sport and the Environment on a biannual basis. The first Conference was held in Lausanne from 12 to 15 July 1995 in cooperation with UNEP. The second conference was held in Kuwait City on 1 and 2 November 1997 in cooperation with the Olympic Council of Asia and the Kuwaiti NOC.
For more information on the programme of the Conference, the participants, the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21 or to follow the event live, please visit the IOC web site.
IOC contact in Rio de Janeiro: Mr. Shahbaz Behnam: tel: +55 21 9696 6350.

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