Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE)

8 - 9 November, 2010 Nairobi, Kenya

2010 has been a year filled with international (sporting) events. From the Vancouver Olympic Games in February; the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai from May to October; the FIFA World Cup from June to July; the Youth Olympic Games in August 2010 and the Commonwealth Games in October, the year has been full of excitement and adrenalin fuelled entertainment for sports enthusiasts.
Alot has also done on “greening” sport events in 2010. This includes UNEP’s engagement with the Indian Premier League, the UNEP-Puma Campaign on football and the International Year of Biodiversity and the work of the alternative energy commissions of the motor sports federations. The sporting goods industry has also played a part in integrating environmental considerations in their operations. Several sporting good companies have developed environmentally friendly sports apparels and kits for teams that participated in the World Cup.

The 2010 Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) takes a look at these events and activities and reviews the extent to which environment and sustainability played a role. Two hundred participants from International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, organizers of mass sporting events, civil society organizations and sport and environment enthusiasts will take stock of the year and review the impact of these events on climate change and biodiversity. They will provide recommendations on how organizers of future events could strengthen the integration of environmental practices in their activities.

The 2 days event to take place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. It will be a forum to discuss major challenges, achievements in integrating environment and sports and will also offer a platform for exhibitions showcasing the main environmental features of the 2010 sporting events. It will also offer a platform for organizers of future mass sporting events on ways to engage the sports audience and fans in mainstreaming the environment in their activities.

G-forse 2010 Presentations