POSTED: August 19th 2010

United Nations specialist gives thumbs up to Sochi 2014's green Games

Theo Oben head of UNEP  Outreach Unit / Sochi 2014
Theo Oben head of UNEP Outreach Unit / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SOCHI, Aug 19: Theodore Oben, head of the United Nations Environment Program outreach unit, has given the Sochi 2014 environmental plan his approval. On an inspection visit he highlighted Sochi’s environmental leadership and felt strongly that the Sochi Games would have a positive environmental impact.

Oben said, “Everybody that I have talked to, not only within the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee but also the State Corporation Olympstroy, the Ministry of Natural Resources and other involved parties are keen to cooperate and unite efforts in greening the Games.”
He even posted on his blog that he found the Russian team was “full of very active people, dedicated to bringing positive sustainable change to their country.”

And confirmed that the “UNEP will be there to support and advise” the organizers.
Sochi 2014 ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko said, “As Mr Oben is a leading figure in the global environmental movement, it is a great honour that he has recognized our leadership in delivering the Games while ensuring steps are taken to not only protect, but also enhance the environment.
“Sochi 2014 is working closely with Mr Oben and the UNEP to ensure that we receive world leading advice about our environmental program. We are currently collaborating to monitoring the roll-out of Sochi 2014’s green construction standards across all Olympic related developments.”

The Sochi Olympics will be held February 7-23 2014 and will be the first winter Games that Russia will host. The summer Games of 1980 were held in Moscow.

Keywords · UNEP · Theodore Oben · Sochi 2014 · environmental protection · Dmitry Chernyshenko

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