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UNEP partners with Vancouver 2010 on environmental initiatives for the 2010 Winter Games
Greening" of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Impressive Says UN Environment Programme Report
The 2014 Olympic Candidates Go Green
UNEP reaffirms support to "Green" Olympics in Beijing
Green Score Card for Winter Olympics
Green Transport Plan for 2010 Jo'burg FIFA World Cup
London 2012’s One Planet Olympics Policy Approved
Environment Among 2006 FIFA World Cup Winners
Green Goal kicks off
Lessons Learned from the Winter Olympics
Winter Olympics Get Green Seal of Approval Nairobi/Torino
2nd Magglingen Conference on Sport and Development: International Highpoint in the Year of Sport
UNEP and Beijing Sign Green Games Agreement
Nairobi Declaration on Sport, Peace and Environment
Greening Olympics Reaches New Peak at the 2006 Winter Games in Italy
Green Games under Tower Bridge Nairobi
UNEP and ATHOC help to kick the butts out of the Olympics
A Torch-bearer for the UN at the 2004 Olympics
Athens Olympics Kick off with a View to Greening the Games
Agreement to boost environmental awareness at Summer Olympics signed by UNEP and Athens
Many ski resorts heading downhill as a result of global warming
World Conference on Sport and the Environment in Turin
Travel to Rio 2016 on a Green Passport: sustainable tourism safeguarding Brazil’s environment
Spectators at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games can make sure their visit doesn’t harm Brazil’s environment by trying out the easy-to-follow eco-tips and environmentally friendly itineraries devised through a UNEP-backed green tourism campaign.
Tourism accounts for 5 per cent of global CO2 emissions and projections show that, unless we action now, emissions could triple by 2035.
Nairobi, 22 May 2016
Former UNEP Executive Director Helps Kick Off Solar Soccer Cup Final Match
Former UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner today joined youth in Mathare, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, to kick off the final of the Solar Soccer Cup at the Philips Community Lighting Centre. Philips Lighting Africa CEO Tamer Abolghar was in attendance as well to introduce the final match of the tournament.
The game, the final for the Under-15 boys teams, was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit, highlighting the positive impact of after-dark lighting on community activity.
Sochi, 31th October 2013
Remarks by Nick Nuttall, Director of the Division of Communications and Public Information at the IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment
Decoupling economic growth from natural resource use; putting in place smarter and more intelligent management of natural services from forests to freshwaters and dramatically cutting pollution and waste via, for example, pathways towards an inclusive Green Economy have become imperatives.
The Rio Earth Summit of 1992, which spawned UNEP’s cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), kick-started many new avenues towards sustainable development.
Sochi, 30th Oct-1st Nov 2013
Welcome message by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director to the 10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment
The World Conference on Sport and the Environment comes amid Russia’s International Environment Year and final preparations for its hosting of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It also comes in the wake of the Rio+20 Summit where Heads of State and governments outlined pathways towards a sustainable century in which the environmental dimension has perhaps finally achieved a pivotal role alongside the economic and social ones.
Sochi, 30th Oct-1st Nov 2013
10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment kicks off in Sochi
The 10th edition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s World Conference on Sport and the Environment officially got under way today in Sochi, Russia, host of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in February 2014.
Under the theme “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”, leading environmentalists, academics, government figures and sports experts will discuss 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.
Nairobi, 29 October 2013
Côte d'Ivoire and Manchester City Football Star Yaya Touré Becomes UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Nairobi, 29 October 2013 - International football star Yaya Touré today pledged to combat the illegal ivory trade that sees thousands of African elephants slaughtered each year as he was unveiled as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mr. Touré joins the roster of other Goodwill Ambassadors-Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, US actor Don Cheadle, Chinese actress Li Bingbing, French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand and Indian economist Pavan Sukhdev-to help generate public awareness and understanding of environmental causes.
Rio de Janeiro, 19 August 2013
New Sustainability Measures Set for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Games were agreed by UNEP and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee, as part of an implementation agreement signed by both organizations, Monday.
UNEP will support the process by providing expert technical advice and through the facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues and action.
Nairobi, 24 February 2013
Hundreds of Runners Celebrate Nairobi as Global Environment Capital
Dickson Chumba and Philes Ongori Claim Top Prizes in UNEP Half Marathon.
Close to two thousand star athletes, up-and-coming runners, school children, UN staff and members of the diplomatic community pounded the pavements of Nairobi today for the second United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Half Marathon.
Nairobi, 1 February 2013
Half-Marathon to Celebrate Nairobi as World’s ‘Environment Capital’
Some of Kenya’s top up-and-coming long-distance runners will race through the streets of Nairobi alongside the public, UN staff and the diplomatic community in February to celebrate universal membership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Organized by the Paul Tergat Foundation, Athletics Kenya and UNEP, with the support of the International Olympic Committee, the 21-kilometre celebratory run on 24 February is not only about this big boost to Kenya’s global standing in international and environmental affairs.
Moscow, 14 december 2012
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Green Economy in Focus During UNEP Meeting with Government of Russia
From continued cooperation on the environmental sustainability of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to the challenges facing the Arctic, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Russia outlined priority areas for collaboration during high-level meetings in Moscow this week.
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy , and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs A.I. Denisov discussed key actions to support biodiversity, freshwater resources and the green economy, among other issues.
Rio de Janeiro, 10 October 2012
UNEP Evaluation of 2010 World Cup's Green Performance Shows South Africa Successes and Way Forward for Brazil
UNEP Evaluation of 2010 World Cup's Green Performance Shows South Africa Successes and Way Forward for Brazil
As Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Tuesday released a report on the environmental performance of South Africa 2010 that highlights both successes and lessons that should be learned to ensure the sustainability of both events in Brazil.
London, 26 July 2012
London 2012 Will Leave a Lasting Legacy for the UK and the Olympic Movement
Many of London 2012's sustainability measures were given the thumbs up by UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner as he toured final preparations for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Every Olympic Games represents unique challenges and opportunities in terms of raising the bar of the third pillar of Olympism-namely the environment-and London is no exception," he said during a visit to the Olympic Park on the eve of the grand opening.
Southampton, 14 July 2012
UNEP Honoured to Carry Olympic Flame En Route to London 2012 Opening Ceremony
UNEP gave a hand over the weekend assisting the historic Olympic flame to make its journey around the United Kingdom as part of the preparations for the opening of the London 2012 summer games.
Nick Nuttall, UNEP's Spokesperson and acting Director of Communications, carried the torch on its leg in the southern port city of Southampton where enthusiastic, flag-waving crowds braved heavy downpours to cheer and wave the 'flame' and the around a dozen torchbearers on their way.
Nairobi, 19 February 2012
Kenyan Runners Chemutai and Kipchirchir Win UNEP 40th Anniversary Half Marathon
With a winning time of 1:00:27 upcoming runner Victor Kipchirchir came in first among the more than 200 runners who competed in today's 40th Anniversary celebratory run for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Mercy Chemutai came in first in the women's category with a time of 1:12:51.
"UNEP is proud to partner with some of the world's finest runners who have joined us today for this historic Half Marathon that will celebrate UNEP's four decades of working for the environment and raising public awareness of what more needs to be done to ensure the sustainable future of our planet. We also thank the wider public for not only joining this event but also for showing commitment to continue supporting UNEP in its work to protect the environment," said Amina Mohamed, UNEP's Deputy Executive Director.
Innsbruck, 13 to 22 January 2012
2012 Youth Olympic Games
From the 13 to 22 January, 2012, Innsbruck, Austria played host to the 2012 Youth Olympic Games. The games saw over one thousand athletes between the ages of 14 to 18, representing over 60 countries coming together.
After three years of preparations the First Winter Youth Olympic Games (Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympic Games) officially kicked off on 13 January 2012 in the majestic city of Innsbruck located in the heart of the Austrian Alps.
Doha, 1 May 2011
Olympic Movement at the Heart of the Environmental Debate
Remarks by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at Sport & Environment World Conference 2011
Sochi, 23 March 2011
Declaration of Commitments for the Restoration of the Mzymta River Basin
The Declaration of Commitments for the Restoration of the Mzymta River Basin was signed on 23 March 2011 by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and major stakeholders involved in the construction and development of the Olympic venues and infrastructure in the Mzymta River Basin.
The Declaration was facilitated by UNEP and witnessed by the Government of the Russian Federation.
Nairobi, 24 August 2010
World table tennis champion plays for the planet
Proving her table tennis swing remains top-class, 18-time Chinese Olympian Deng Yaping played for the health of the planet on Monday at the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. "I love to play table tennis. But here's one thing no one should play with: our planet," she said as she recorded a UNEP public service announcement that will soon be broadcast globally.
By the time she retired at the age of 24, Ms. Deng had won more titles in table tennis than any other player in the sport and was honoured with a coveted spot in the International Table Tennis Federation Hall of Fame in 2003.
Nairobi, Kenya / Herzogenaurach, Germany July 16, 2010
"Play For Life" Raises Funds to Protect Species and Habitats in Africa
PUMA® and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced, Friday, three major conservation projects in Africa as beneficiaries of the 'Play For Life' Campaign, a World Cup inspired partnership to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
Proceeds generated from the campaign will be donated to beneficiary projects that will help save: African lions in Zambia (The African Lion: King Without A Kingdom Project); elephant populations in the Ivory Coast and Liberia (Support for the Elephants Project); and gorillas in Nigeria's Mbe Mountains (Promoting Community Participation in Gorilla Conservation).
Proceeds generated from the campaign will be donated to beneficiary projects that will help save: African lions in Zambia
(The African Lion: King Without A Kingdom Project)
; elephant populations in the Ivory Coast and Liberia
(Support for the Elephants Project)
; and gorillas in Nigeria's Mbe Mountains
(Promoting Community Participation in Gorilla Conservation)
Nairobi, 11 June 2010
Green Kick Off for Laikipia & Beyond Unity Football Cup in Kenya
The inaugural Laikipia and beyond Unity Cup (LUC), will commence on a green note, Friday, with the players taking a "Green Pledge" at the start of the tournament.
The first of four regional events, Friday's match will be inaugurated at Nyakio Primary School, Lamuria, in Central Laikipia District.
This is the first time a green soccer tournament is being held in Laikipia, and Moreso, with environmental aspects integrated into it.Based on the success of the LUC, the games are expected to be scaled up to other districts.
Johannesburg, 8 June 2010
FIFA 2010 Green Goal: Major Initiative to Green the FIFA World Cup Kicks Off
Three days before the kick-off of one of the greatest global sport events on the planet – the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa – a major initiative to green the World Cup and help reduce carbon emissions was launched in Johannesburg, Tuesday.
The initiative is a result of a partnership between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNEP and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
The initiative includes three major greening projects: renewable energy interventions in six World Cup host cities, an awareness-raising drive on green tourism both funded by GEF, and a UNEP programme to offset the carbon emissions of eleven World Cup teams.
Herzogenaurach, Germany, 28 May 2010
PUMA & UNEP Kick Off Africa Unity Experience
PUMA® announced today it will host the 'Africa Unity Experience' in Paris from May 28-29 as the brand's kick-off for World CupT.
Three PUMA-sponsored African Federations-Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana-will participate in a series of high impact 'Unity' events to generate fan support, build consumer engagement in advance of South Africa and raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and PUMA's 2010 International Year of Biodiversity project 'Play For Life'. PUMA is the proud sponsor of seven football teams qualified for the World Cup 2010T, four of which hail from Africa.
Seoul, 23 April 2010
UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Member PUMA to Spearhead Exciting World Cup Initiative
PUMA, the first major sportswear company to join the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Climate Neutral Network, announced plans on Thursday to offset the CO2 footprint of PUMA-sponsored national football teams taking part in the Football World Cup this summer in South Africa - a total of 336 players and officials.
The announcement was made in front of hundreds of top business and environment leaders attending the Business for the Environment (B4E) Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
This offsetting initiative marks an important step towards meeting the company's commitment to becoming the first carbon neutral sports-lifestyle company.
Herzogenaurach,Germany, 19 April 2010
PUMA and UNEP Launch Public Service Announcement to Support Biodiversity Initiatives
Today PUMA unveiled a series of advertisements featuring Cameroon footballer Samuel Eto'o. The campaign is part of the 'Play for Life' partnership, which PUMA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formed in January of this year to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
The purpose of the partnership is to raise awareness about habitat and species conservation among football fans and the general public during worldwide football events, including the FIFA World Cup 2010.
The campaign will be seen globally in print, out of home, in-store and on-line and will run through the end of 2010. With 12 African football team sponsorships to its name and a history of innovation with Africa, PUMA is uniquely positioned to help drive this effort with UNEP.
Mohali, India, 9 April 2010
Punjab Cricket Association Hosts First-Ever Green Cricket Match
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) hosted cricket's first-ever carbon neutral match on 9 April at the Mohali Stadium in Punjab, India.
The green game was organized by the Indian Premier League (IPL) as part of the 'Batting for the Environment' initiative, which was launched in March in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Punjab Cricket Association has ensured that the carbon footprint from the game was kept as low as possible by offsetting an estimated 580 tonnes of match-related CO2 emissions. Approximately US£6133.73 ($10,150) will go towards supporting an internationally recognized residual biomass project in Rajasthan, India.
UNEP Releases Report on the Sochi Olympics
At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and in partnership with the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee, a UNEP expert team undertook a mission to Sochi from 28 to 30 January 2010 to assess preparations in the lead up to the games.
The mission produced a report, which was prepared on the request of the Russian government, presenting key findings and recommendations.
The mission involved site visits along the construction path of the combined road/railway and other sites in the region (including the Biathlon venue and Olympic Village in the mountain cluster, Gasprom complex, Rosa Khuta). It also involved discussions with the Russian Railway Corporation, Olympstroy, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, and the administrations of the City of Sochi, the Sochi National Park, the Biosphere Reserve, NGOs and local experts. The mission visited several installations (including the leopard breeding centre, tree nursery and zoo) presented as mitigation measures to the effects of various Olympic and tourism projects on the environment.
Mumbai, India/ Nairobi, Kenya, 11 March 2010
Indian Premier League Goes Green
The launch of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) third season tomorrow night in Mumbai marks a milestone in cricketing history - the IPL is going green.
Tipped to become the single largest environmental awareness campaign in the Indian subcontinent, Batting for the Environment is a partnership between the IPL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Led by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar, team captains from the Deccan Chargers to the Kolkata Knight Riders will make a Green Pledge to save the planet at the opening ceremony.
Mumbai, India, 11 March 2010
Sachin Tendulkar Honoured by the United Nations Environment Programme
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been named a United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador.
The appointment, made by UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner in Mumbai, allows one of the world's greatest cricketers the opportunity to use his legendary popularity to raise public awareness and harness support for environmental action in India and the world.
Mr. Tendulkar has been a strong supporter of the work of the UN, having lent his voice to a UNICEF campaign in India, raising awareness about the importance of personal hygiene.
Vancouver, Canada, 12 February 2010
Vancouver promises Green Games as Winter Olympics kick off
As the 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, the athletes will not be the only ones going for gold - the Game organizers are also shooting for the stars with a series of ambitious environmental goals.
The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) have been working with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) over the last three years in a bid to enhance the event's environmental performance and increase green awareness.
The Olympic organizers have focused on minimizing the event's carbon impact, with clean technology choices, an expanded transport system for the city, green construction for the Olympic venues, and a commitment to offset direct carbon emissions from the Games.
Mumbai, India, 22 January 2010
Indian Premier League to partner with UNEP for a unique green initiative
The Indian Premier League (IPL) today committed to a strong vision of green growth by launching a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Under the new initiative, the IPL will green its cricket league and bring environmental awareness to millions of cricket fans around the world.
Through this long-term partnership with UNEP, the IPL joins the ranks of global events, such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup, which are working with the UN Environment Programme to green their events.
The new partnership, which kicks off with the India Premier League that will be played over 45 days starting on 12 March, is a first-of-a-kind initiative undertaken by any sporting body in India. UNEP will advise the IPL in its commitment to green its sport events, spread environmental messaging to fans through its star players and green its merchandising.
Nairobi, Kenya / Herzogenaurach, Germany, 6 January 2010
Puma and UNEP Announce Strategic Partnership to Support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
PUMA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) were joined today by the Indomitable Lions - Cameroon's national football team - with team captain Samuel Eto'o, to announce a strategic partnership to support biodiversity worldwide and specific initiatives in Africa.
The 'Play for Life' partnership will support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity by raising awareness about habitat and species conservation among football fans and the general public during worldwide football events, including the Orange Cup of African Nations in Angola later this month and international friendly games leading up to the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. With 12 African football team sponsorships to its name and a history of innovation with Africa, PUMA is uniquely positioned to help drive this effort with UNEP.
Copenhagen, 7 December 2009
World Cup Nations Team Up Against Climate Change
As the climate talks kick off in Copenhagen, key football nations are teaming up for the planet for the biggest sport event of 2010.
More than half of the countries that have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup have committed or pledged to offset the emissions of their teams' and officials' flights to South Africa for the competition.
Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, England, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Serbia, USA, Uruguay and host country South Africa are among the squads determined to score green goals for the environment in 2010.
Nairobi, 30 October 2009
Olympic Champion Usain Bolt Lends Support to Sustainable Tourism Initiative
Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt took a break from the track on Friday to launch the Zeitz Foundation's Long Run Initiative, which aims to create and support ecotourism projects around the world.
The Long Run Initiative's pilot project in Kenya is a 50,000 acre solar and wind-powered conservancy in the Rift Valley region with a negligible carbon footprint.
"Although I am known for running short distances, I want to inspire others to join me in the long run. Anything worth doing is worth striving for and the future of our planet is the ultimate cause", said Bolt, the Zeitz Foundation's Cultural Ambassador.
Shanghai, 18 August 2009
UNEP launches Shanghai Expo Green Report
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released today its assessment of Shanghai's efforts to organize an environmentally-friendly Expo 2010 that aims to benefit not only the 70 million expected visitors but also leave a green legacy for the city's over 20 million residents.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "Since the first Expo in London in1851, world fairs have given visitors a taste of the future and the progress of human societies. The Shanghai Expo follows this historic legacy and is offering us a glimpse of a greener future."
"Like many rapidly developing cities, Shanghai faces enormous challenges in ensuring fresh air, clean water, sustainable energy, efficient transport and waste reduction for its population. The experiences of Shanghai in handling these issues provide valuable examples and lessons for other cities in China and worldwide," he added.
Sochi, Russia, 9 June 2009
UNEP Signs Agreement To Help Green The Sochi 2014 Olympics
In an effort to green the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Olympic organizers to help and advise them on making the Games environmentally friendly.
At the signing ceremony on 5 June, Theodore Oben, Chief of the UNEP's Outreach Section, said: "I am sure the memorandum signed today will not only be a written commitment, but will guarantee that during the preparation and staging of Sochi 2014 great strides are made in environmental protection in Sochi and the Krasnodar Region," said
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, added: "Signing this important Memorandum will help ensure Sochi 2014 is able to introduce Green Standards to every level of the Games' preparation and will ensure that the Organizing Committee continues to work with international environment experts to support this."
Nairobi, 11 February 2009
Sporting Events Rally Behind the Climate Neutral Call
It used to be "Swifter, Higher, Stronger" but in the future the Olympic motto may well include "lower" at least as it relates to carbon and curbing climate change.
From the 2014 Sochi Olympics to the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by South Africa to Norway's premier car race starting tomorrow - major sporting events around the globe are increasingly looking at neutralizing their carbon footprint as part of overall "greening" strategies.
These tournaments are the latest participants to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote global action and involvement towards low-carbon economies and societies.
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