Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

International sport bodies unite to combat climate change

International sport bodies unite to combat climate change
September 20, 2019

Signatories of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework gathered this week in Switzerland to define the next steps for the sports community in addressing climate change.

Their meeting at the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the first official gathering of the Framework’s participants, was hosted by the International Olympic Committee in advance of the UN Climate Summit which starts next week in New York.

Commenting on the meeting, Prince Albert II of Monaco, IOC Member and Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, stated “at a time of unprecedented momentum in the crucial global fight against climate change, the sports community is proving, once again, that its power extends well beyond the field of play.

“The UN Sports for Climate Action Framework provides a perfect opportunity to use this power to help the world address the threats of climate change to our planet.”

IOC Director for Sustainability, Marie Sallois added “from the development of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework through to its implementation, the IOC is proud to be working hand in hand with UN Climate Change and other sports organisations to define how the world of sport responds to the climate emergency.”

A UN Climate Change Initiative, the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework was co-developed by the IOC and launched at the UN climate talks (COP 24) in December 2018. It calls on the sports community to jointly develop a climate action agenda for sport, adhering to five principles: promoting greater environmental responsibility, reducing overall climate impact, educating for climate action, promoting sustainable and responsible consumption, and advocating for climate action through communication.

The meeting served as the official launch of the working groups tasked with the implementation of the Framework. The participants discussed the scope of the Framework’s principles, potential gaps, mechanisms for measuring impact and the level of involvement of the various sports organisations in their implementation.

80 sports organisations have joined the Framework so far, including 14 International Sports Federations (IFs) and the Organising Committees for the next three Olympic Games editions: Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024.

Niclas Svenningsen, Manager for Global Climate Action at UN Climate Change, concluded “there are few sectors that are as powerful in engaging people as sport.

“Bringing the sports community on board the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework has therefore been a high priority for us. The IOC’s leadership role in this process has been extremely valuable. We look forward to working closely together on the Framework’s implementation.”

The meeting took place in the lead-up to the UN Climate Action Summit, which will take place on 23rd September 2019 in New York. The Summit aims to boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change by showcasing concrete commitments from governments, businesses and civil society.

Sustainability is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 – the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement – and climate change is a key element of the IOC’s sustainability work, in line with its vision of “building a better world through sport”. As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC assists IFs and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in integrating sustainability within their operations, and empowers athletes to leverage their reach and influence to advance global sustainability.

Click here to view the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

To find out more about the IOC’s work on sustainability, go to www.olympic.org/sustainability

Image: Signatories of the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework after their meeting at the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne this week.

Related Articles

20th September 2019 - MINDBODY backs Climate Strike as part of commitment to all forms of wellness

10th September 2019 - New report highlights the impact of climate change on cricket

8th September 2019 - New Zealand golf bodies look to sustainability

20th August 2019 - Heat issues impact Tokyo Olympic test events

6th June 2019 - Tennis Australia commits to United Nations climate change action

6th February 2019 - Climate change set to impact Australia’s summer sporting calendar

21st January 2019 - Sports Environment Alliance looks to improve facilities’ sustainability

31st December 2018 - World Forum on Urban Forests launches a global call to action

29th December 2018 - New Australian Open extreme heat policy to allow 10-minute breaks in men’s matches

5th September 2018 - World Health Organization advises that lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk

29th June 2018 - Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers look to showcase green technology

13th October 2015 - Sport included in United Nations development goals

1st February 2015 - Report suggests elite and grassroots sport at risk from climate change


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Tim Batt Water Solutions

Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation / Technology / Venues

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

Humanforce

Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Technology / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

SportEng

SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business