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11 Nov 2005
IOC News , Sport and Environment

UNEP signs agreement with BOCOG

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today at the VI World Conference on Sport and Environment in Nairobi that it was signing on 18 November an agreement with the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG). The Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at helping Beijing with its ambitious proposals in areas ranging from air, water and noise pollution up to transport, landscaping and the disposal of solid wastes.
Public awareness campaign
UNEP will also be helping with public awareness campaigns which it is hoped will leave a lasting legacy among citizens in Beijing and China generally on the importance of the environment for long-lasting and enduring development.
Constructive relationship
Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said: “UNEP is delighted to be associated with both Turin and Beijing as part of our increasingly constructive relationship with the IOC and sporting bodies generally”.
“Peace and fair play”
“Without doubt, sports and sports men and women can be a power for good in the world, inspiring by example and bringing together communities, nations and cultures in a common understanding of the principles of peace and fair play,” he said.
Green torch from Lillehammer
“In terms of the environment, the two Organising Committees are taking forward a green torch first lit in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. I am sure the measures they are both undertaking will make the upcoming winter and summer Games a crucial guide for environmentally friendly mass spectator events everywhere over the coming years,” added Mr Toepfer.
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