- 04 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
TORINO 2006: Education And The Environment
The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) has, over the past seven years, been working on a number of initiatives in the areas of education and the environment. Some of TOROC’s most recent work includes HECTOR, its carbon neutral programme, and www.kidsvillage.torino2006.org, which is a website designed for students and teachers to learn about Olympism and the Olympic Winter Games. These types of initiative are completely in line with the IOC’s philosophy on education and the environment, which are key parts of Olympism.
The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education was created in the year 2000 by the merger of two existing commissions. This Commission is responsible at the IOC for developing links between sport and culture in all its forms, encouraging cultural exchange and promoting the diversity of cultures. The Commission organises special events, such as international competitions and forums and, in cooperation with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), it develops educational programmes. The IOC also focuses on education through the educational programmes offered by the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and it also supports the International Olympic Academy in Greece, which helps to promote Olympic education.
In 1994, the IOC signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and one year later formed the Sport and Environment Commission. In addition to promoting Olympic Games which respect the environment and meet the standards of sustainable development, various activities to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy environment are conducted. These activities can take numerous shapes and forms, like regional seminars, sport and environment publications or the organisation of world conferences. The IOC has acknowledged its responsibility towards the environment, in particular to the promotion of sustainable development, and considers the environment as the third dimension of Olympism.
After Agenda 21 was created at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the IOC decided to establish its own Agenda 21, which was adopted by the IOC Session in 1999. The aim of this Agenda is to encourage its members to participate actively in sustainable development. It is with this thinking in mind that the IOC ensures that the Olympic Games take place in conditions that take into account, in a responsible way, problems related to the environment, and collaborates with the relevant public or private authorities, with the aim of putting sport at the service of humanity.
The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,600 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.