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UNEP and the 2010 World Cup

About Greening of the 2010 World Cup

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  • The World Cup PSA

  • FIFA 2010 Green Goal

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UNEP and the 2010 World Cup

FIFA 2010 Green Goal

The 2010 FIFA World CupTM will undoubtedly be a spectacular football event. This is an amazing opportunity for South Africa and the African continent to host an event of this magnitude and that in itself is a great achievement.

We will be proudly hosting a green 2010 FIFA World CupTM and will use this opportunity to raise awareness and to lay a foundation and set new and higher standards for greening future events in South Africa.

Event greening has steadily gained momentum in the past decade. Host cities and event organizers continue to organize their events in such a manner that embraces the concept of sustainable development. This is done through successfully implementing initiatives, programmes and practices which have a minimum or neutral impact on the natural resource base.

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), the lead government department responsible for promoting sustainable use and protection of our natural resources, has proudly committed to building partnerships and a coordinated network of actions that would ensure that we score green in 2010.

South Africa strives to remain on top of global environmental management best practice through lessons learnt from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and new initiatives which combined, will deliver a 2010 event with a minimum ecological footprint. FIFA’s mission statement for the 2010 World Cup includes three key messages “Develop the Game”, “Touch the World” and “Build a Better Future.”

South Africa’s Greening 2010 programme will therefore be a demonstration and contribution to the quest to raise awareness, minimize waste, diversify and use energy efficiently, consume water sparingly, compensate our carbon footprint, practice responsible tourism, and construct our infrastructure with future generations in mind. These greening initiatives look beyond the actual timeframe of the sporting activity and include concerns for post-event, environmental, social and economic impact of the event on the immediate and extended environment.

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