Nairobi, 11 January 2007 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reaffirmed today the environment as a major priority for Olympic Games.
Support to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Organizing Committee was among the main subjects discussed by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge and the head of UNEP, Achim Steiner when they met in Nairobi.
Mr. Rogge also welcomed UNEP’s offer to conduct an environmental audit of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He and Mr. Steiner also agreed that the IOC will liaise with BOCOG and UNEP on a coordinated campaign to promote the environmental aspects of the Beijing 2008 Games.
UNEP which has worked with the IOC since 1994 believes that sport and mass spectator events can act as an important vehicle for galvanizing global interest and action for sustainable development. This view is shared by the IOC and the two executive heads reaffirmed their interest in working together in ensuring that the environment is mainstreamed in the Olympic Games.
The two also reflected on how best to assist Vancouver to implement its environmental programme and welcomed upcoming discussions between UNEP and the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee on the environmental aspects of the 2010 Games
The environment is the third dimension of the Olympic Movement. It has become one of the main criteria for the evaluation and selection of cities to host the Olympic Games and is also a major priority for the preparation and staging of the Games.
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