POSTED: May 4th 2011

IOC targets Doha Declaration for future environmental strategy

(L to R) Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Dr. Jacques Rogge, Tommy Sithole, Pal Schmitt, and Wilfried Lemke at the closing press conference / lake images
(L to R) Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Dr. Jacques Rogge, Tommy Sithole, Pal Schmitt, and Wilfried Lemke at the closing press conference / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in DOHA / Sports Features Communications

DOHA, May 04: The 9th IOC Sport and the Environment comference came to a successful close in Doha, Qatar with the drawing up of the Doha Declaration as a blueprint to work towards a more environmentally friendly future.

The ‘Playing for a Greener Future’ summit was hosted by the IOC and the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and in partnership with UNEP.

The Doha Declaration recommends to target three areas of action to focus on: to showcase the contribution of sports to the UN Conference on the Environment and Development (“Earth Summit”) to be held June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (“Rio +20”); and to engage the youth for a greener future; to reinforce partnerships with UNEP, UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNESCO and related internationally known NGBs. 

IOC president Dr Jacques Rogge said, “Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and this weekend’s conference has made it clear for all to see just how far we have come since then.

“While we can be proud of our achievements, we have also learnt that there is no time for complacency. We owe it to future generations to continue to promote our green agenda and ensure environmental sustainability in sport, and I think we have taken a big step towards that with the Doha Declaration.”

Hungarian president and chair of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission, Pal Schmitt said, “Time, place and size are extremely important to us. This conference in Doha served us well.

“This was so far the largest and most important world conference.”

The conference was attended by over 650 delegates around the world. There were 28 IOC members, 80 NOCs, 20 Ifs, 320 international and national media and 1,450 accreditations in all.

QOC secretary general Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani added, “I have been delighted by the interest shown by the local, regional and international media, which has helped promote the cause of sport and the environment. We are particularly proud of producing live YouTube broadcasting of the proceedings which is truly a first for this event.”

“For Qatar and the QOC we have been honored to share with the whole sport and Olympic Movement our ‘QOC Code for Green Sport Venues’. Our aim is to collaborate with other NOCs, in coordination with the IOC, to share our knowledge of creating environmentally friendly venue management.”

UN special advisor on Sport for Development and Peace to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Wilfried Lemke, concluded, “This conference has established Qatar right at the heart of the world.”

Keywords · IOC · QOC · Doha · 9th IOC Sport and the Environment Conference · environment

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