UncategorisedAl Alawi attends Conference on Sport and Environment

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain Olympic Committee member Khalid Al Alawi recently attended the 10th edition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s World Conference on Sport and Environment held in Russian City of Sochi, hosts of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in February 2014.
More than 500 delegates from over 76 countries unanimously adopted the “Sochi Declaration”, which contains a set of sustainable-development recommendations addressed to the various stakeholders in this field.
Al Alawi, along with other leading environmentalists, academics, government figures and sports experts, attended the conference, which was under the theme “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”.
They discussed a range of subjects, including Russian legacies pre- and post-Sochi 2014, the sustainable development landscape following Rio+20, sustainable-development legacies of previous and future Olympic Games, and the role of the UN system.
Al Alawi said the conference is one of the IOC’s key advocacy initiatives in the field of the environment, and gathers together representatives from the Olympic family, governments, the UN system, academic institutions and NGOs.
Calls for action include the mitigation against food wastage at sports events and support for UNEP’s “Think Eat Save: Reduce Your Foodprint” campaign; increased action in promotion of the post-2015 development agenda at national and regional levels with the support of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and continental associations.
Other calls were to promote the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – a recent UN initiative with a strong emphasis on the involvement of young people – to be celebrated on April 6 each year; and the widening of the scope, in terms of sustainability, of the IOC’s Commission for Sport and Environment, with a stronger focus on social and economic factors.
The conference came to a close after a thrilling presentation by ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh, followed by a colourful closing ceremony with Russian dancing performances, and the presentation of the final declaration,.
This year’s event was organised in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Russian government and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Russian Olympic Committee, and the Organising Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

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