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RUSSIA 30 Oct-1 Nov 2013 Sochi hosts sport and environment conference

At the 10th edition of the biennial World Conference on Sport and the Environment, in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic

October 30, 2013 - NULL

RUSSIA 30 Oct-1 Nov 2013 Sochi hosts sport and environment conference

At the 10th edition of the biennial World Conference on Sport and the Environment, in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee will showcase its focus on sustainability. Cities bidding to host an Olympics improve the odds of selection if they demonstrate a commitment to sustainability that includes a plan for reducing the lasting imprint of the event and for curbing emissions and waste. The Olympic Charter adopted the environment as the third pillar of Olympism, together with sport and culture, in

RUSSIA 30 Oct-1 Nov 2013 Sochi hosts sport and environment conference

At the 10th edition of the biennial World Conference on Sport and the Environment, in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee will showcase its focus on sustainability. Cities bidding to host an Olympics improve the odds of selection if they demonstrate a commitment to sustainability that includes a plan for reducing the lasting imprint of the event and for curbing emissions and waste. The Olympic Charter adopted the environment as the third pillar of Olympism, together with sport and culture, in 1996. London boasted that its 2012 Summer Games were the most sustainable ever, and Russia will be eager to show off its measures to make the 2014 Games green.

A New York Times report in 2012 noted that from the beginning, Olympic games have left behind physical traces, whether in the form of the ruins at Olympia in Greece or, in modern times, in host cities. Beijing has unused and dilapidated venues from its recent games. The ultimate sustainable architectural mark of the Games may be leaving no mark, according to the newspaper, which added that the 2012 London Games made sustainability one of its watchwords.

The biennial event is one of the IOC's key advocacy initiatives in the field of the environment and usually attracts hundreds of representatives from the Olympic family, governments, the United Nations system, academic institutions, NGOs, sponsors and the media. IOC Sport and Environment Awards, which recognize outstanding actions at grassroots level, will be presented.

Over the two days, participants will discuss a range of environment-related topics, including how sport can contribute to future Earth summits; ways to locally and globally implement the Olympic Movement's Agenda 21; how to make sports events more sustainable; how sport can help achieve Goal 7 (environmental sustainability) of the United Nations Development Program's Millennium Development Goals; and the role of Olympians in promoting respect for the environment. (WRITTEN JAN 2014)

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10TH World Conference on Sport and the Environment, 2013 World Conference on Sport and the Environment, Sochi, Russia, October 2013, Winter Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, IOC, sustainability, Agenda 21, Olympic Movement, 2012 London Olympics

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Sustainability (IOC)
http://www.olympic.org/sustainability (IOC)

Can You Really Build a Sustainable Olympics? (NYT 22 Jul 2012)
http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/can-you-really-build-a-sustainable-olympics/

Olympic Movement Playing for a Greener Future in Doha (IOC 30 Apr 2011)
http://www.olympic.org/content/olympism-in-action/environment/olympic-movement-playing-for-a-greener-future-in-doha/

Date written/update: 2013-10-30