POSTED: September 14th 2009

UNEP backs Sochi 2014 in stepping up climate protection project

Dmytri Chernyshenko: ambitious targets / Sochi 2014
Dmytri Chernyshenko: ambitious targets / Sochi 2014

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SOCHI, Sep 14: Sochi’s Winter Olympics organisers have signed up to United Nations’ efforts to combat climate change. The agreement linked to the UN’s environment programme - Seal The Deal! – is being promoted at a conference in Copenhagen in December.

A UNEP delegation has just concluded a visit to the Russian resort to study ways in which its environmental standards are being set against preparations for Sochi 2014.

These consultations were launched in June 2009 and were led, from the UNEP side, by Hartmut Stahl (head of the UNEP Sports and Environment Program), Randall Spalding-Fecher (UNEP climate change specialist) and Surya Prakash Chandak (UNEP adviser on technological, industrial and economic matters).

Implementation systems at previous major events were studied as Sochi 2014 and UNEP agreed on a series of joint environmental protection initiatives. Sochi is expected to set an environmental precedent for all of Russia to emulate.

Stahl said: “We see that the Russian organizers want to achieve high ecological standards during Games preparation. Sochi 2014 is on the right track."

Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi president and ceo, said that the consultation with UNEP had helped Sochi set ambitious targets, beyond ‘only’ protecting the Krasnodar region environment.

Also involved in the talks were the Olympstroy state corporation, WWF Russia, federal ministries and departments, investors, design and construction contractors.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Winter Olympic Games · Seal The Deal! · UNEP · Hartmut Stahl · Randall Spalding-Fecher · Surya Prakash Chandak · Chernyshenko

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