Welcome message by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director to the 10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment do, okt 31, 2013

UNEP's engagement in sport and the environment dates back to its signing of an agreement with the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and our strategy was endorsed by governments in 2003.

The World Conference on Sport and the Environment comes amid Russia's International Environment Year and final preparations for its hosting of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It also comes in the wake of the Rio+20 Summit where Heads of State and governments outlined pathways towards a sustainable century in which the environmental dimension has perhaps finally achieved a pivotal role alongside the economic and social ones.

The 10 Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production was also given the go-ahead at Rio+20 and UNEP, as the secretariat, is taking this forward including in the field of agri-food.

A tangible expression of this is the UNEP and Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN's campaign Think Eat Save: Reduce Your Foodprint which is aimed at reducing the estimated one third of all the food produced in the world that is currently lost or wasted. Some sports organizers are already incorporating aspects of this campaign in their awareness raising and planning.

UNEP's engagement in sport and the environment dates back to its signing of an agreement with the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and our strategy was endorsed by governments in 2003.

From an essentially public awareness role, the demand for UNEP's guidance and services in this arena are growing dramatically. It is both a positive signal of the commitment of sports bodies to the vision and the values of environmental sustainability and recognition of the positive influence and innovation sports can have on the sustainable development of society including the citizens young and old.

I want to thank each and every one for your participation at this conference. I would also like to thank our partners including the IOC for providing an opportunity to move forward together in common cause to meet the environmental challenges of today.

 
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