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Sport Positive Summit 2021

September 28, 2021 - September 29, 2021
Sport Positive Summit

Global sport faces major disruption from climate change in coming decades. Across the world we are already seeing our athletes and the sports we love being impacted by the likes of flooded pitches, extreme heat, smoke from bush fires, coastal erosion and lack of snow for winter sports

No sport will be exempt from impact of climate change, and the time to act is now. Crucial early adopters have been working towards sport having a lower environmental footprint for decades, but a critical mass of sport properties globally are getting behind this effort right now thanks to the likes of UN Sports For Climate Action Framework and other initiatives. Sport has never been in a more powerful position to harness the zeitgeist to drive change that will safeguard its future, positively impact the world for generations to come, and evolve the sports business model towards a more sustainable economic foundation.

So what can you do?

  • Join us at Sport Positive Virtual Summit 2021 to learn, discuss, network and connect with your global colleagues and be empowered to drive change
  • Make an external commitment to playing your part: sign up to UN Sports for Climate Action Framework
  • Understand what your impact is as an organisation; measure, benchmark, improve
  • Put a plan in place to reduce your climate impact within your organisation, through your supply chain and via your sponsors
  • Engage with your fans and community to make positive behavioural changes in their own lives

Click here to join us at Sport Positive Virtual Summit 2021.

Climate Action

Athletics Integrity Unit’s pioneering and holistic approach to sports integrity

July 13, 2021
SportWorks Talks

Following the doping scandals that rocked the sports world prior to the Rio Olympic Games, World Athletics (then IAAF) embarked upon a pathbreaking governance reforms process. The creation of an independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), to handle all integrity issues in the sport of athletics, sat at the very heart of those reforms. In the last four years, since its creation in April 2017, the AIU has become a benchmark among integrity bodies in international sports.

The AIU has the power to investigate and prosecute all forms of integrity breaches including doping, corruption, competition manipulation, harassment and abuse, etc. that may exist in the sport of athletics.  In this upcoming TALK, Aditya Kumar, Head of Education and Communications at AIU, will share how the organisation is living up to its role of drive cheats out of athletics and support athletes around the world to reach their goals through honest hard work.

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Location: Virtual
Peace and Justice

Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal

July 7, 2021

Join the 47th session of the Human Rights Council on the potential of leveraging sport and the Olympic ideal for promoting human rights for young people.

When: 7 July, 10am - 12pm CEST

Where: Palais des Nations, Geneva, and Zoom (will be webcasted and archived on

Since their inception in 776 BCE, the concept of the Olympic Games has been to promote peace, given that thanks to the Olympic Truce conflicts were suspended for the duration of the Games in Olympia. In the same vein, sport and the Olympic ideal can be an invaluable tool for the promotion of human rights, development, conciliation and dialogue, and in particular for young people who are involved in practicing sports. Sport education and the values that sports carry with them are of paramount importance to this aim and this suggests that sport and the Olympic ideal can have an increased leveraging potential for promoting human rights for young people. 

The panel discussion will offer an opportunity to identify good practices, challenges and opportunities in that respect, with a focus on:

  • The role of sport in promoting human rights for young people, its impact and how it can be optimized
  • How sport can further the rights of young people in society, becoming an instrument of empowerment
  • How major sporting events can be a welcoming environment in order to promote awareness and a better understanding of human rights both by and for young people without any form of discrimination
  • Suggestions, good practices and practical examples of how to leverage sport and the Olympic ideal for the promotion of human rights for young people

Chair: H.E. Ms. Monique T.G. Van Daalen, Vice-President of the Human Rights Council

Opening statements:

  • Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (video message)
  • Mr. Toshiro Muto, Director General of Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (video message)


  • Ms. Elizaveta Kunstmann, European Champion (2013, 2017 and 2019) and World Champion (2018) in sitting volleyball (video message)
  • Ms. Kathrine Switzer, Athlete and social advocate (video message)
  • Ms. Jenny Oklikah, Chief Executive of the NGO “Fight for Peace” (video message)
  • Ms. Sofia Bekatorou, Olympic gold and bronze medallist in sailing (2004 & 2008 Summer Olympic Games) (video message)

Decent Work and Economic GrowthPartnerships for the GoalsQuality EducationReduced Inequalities

Gamification: the secret weapon to hosting sustainable sports events?

July 6, 2021
SportWorks Talks

With Seyi Smith.

Gamification has been used to improve processes across a wide range of businesses and as a method to deal with the intricacies of human psychology.

Could it be used to develop sports events and the industry as a whole? According to Oluseyi Smith, Olympian and Engineer, the answer is yes.

Besides being one of the few athletes to have competed both in the Summer and Winter Games, Seyi is a passionate advocate for climate awareness and developed sustainability processes for small scale athletics events as part his IOC Young Leader Project.

In this upcoming SportWorks TALK, he will guide you through what is gamification with respect to his project, how it can benefit sports and sustainability in general, and the results he achieved.

In partnership with: The Sustainability Report

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Location: Virtual

How can sport change the world? Chat with Professor Yunus & Abhinav Bindra

July 6, 2021
The Abhinav Bindra Foundation

In the wake of this pandemic and the adverse impact it has had on individuals as well as the economy, the role of sports in building a better and more inclusive society becomes even more crucial. A subject that requires further exploration is; how best to use the values that sport instils in us – resilience, discipline, leadership, and hard work – to bring about radical changes in our ecosystem. These values promote huge educational and life-skills, required for employability, livelihood and quality of life. This has led us, The Abhinav Bindra Foundation (not for profit initiative led by India’s only individual Olympic Gold Medallist), to start a series of dialogues with renowned experts with the aim of engaging with the sporting world as well as the general audience.

In our upcoming event, please join in to be part of Fireside Chat with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi social business entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader. Through his initiatives, the ‘Yunus Social Business’ and ‘Yunus Sports Hub’, Professor Yunus has developed a global social business network that aims at creating solutions in and through the medium of sports. We implore you to not miss this opportunity to learn and interact with this luminary.

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No PovertyPartnerships for the GoalsQuality EducationReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

“Paris 2024: the first climate positive Games in history”

June 15, 2021
Sport Talks

The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is committed to creating a landmark: to be the first major global sports event with a positive contribution to the climate.

The strategy is based on three pillars: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, support for projects with a positive contribution to climate, and mobilisation of stakeholders to maximise long-term positive impact.

In this upcoming SportWorks TALK – Sustainability Leadership Series, Georgina Grenon, Paris 2024’s Director of Environmental Excellence, will give us an inside look on these pillars and their revolutionary ambitions, and how they are starting to deliver on that promise, three years ahead of their Games.

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Location: Virtual
Climate Action

European Football for climate and the environment UEFA Workshop for EU Green week 2021

June 7, 2021

UEFA’s Cleaner Air, Better Game campaign is raising awareness about the threat of air pollution to the future of football. During the European Under-21 Championship taking place in Hungary and Slovenia, UEFA has been encouraging fans around the world to take a step to protect the planet and the game we love. It has also led a series of legacy activities on the ground in the host nations and guaranteed this tournament is carbon neutral.
For this online workshop, UEFA is bringing together leaders and experts to discuss best practices in raising awareness and creating change through the power of sport.

Welcome and opening
Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA President
Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice President

Panel discussion
Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, Nobel Prize winning climatologist
Mathieu Flamini, Professional footballer and environmentalist
Michele Uva, UEFA Director Football & Social Responsibility
Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sport for Climate Action lead, UNFCC

Watch live on Youtube :

Climate Action

Green Sports Alliance Summit

June 22, 2021 - June 23, 2021
Green Sport Alliance

In a year when our fans and communities needed us most, sports stepped up to the plate. From opening our venues as food banks, voting centers, and vaccination sites to leveraging our platforms to grow support for social justice, sports have shown how to serve as both cultural centers and critical corporate citizens.

The 2021 GSA Summit will celebrate these stories and showcase how sports venues, teams, leagues and corporate partners around the world can continue to take ambitious action on both environmental and social issues to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future for all.

Learn how the scope of the “green sports” movement continues to expand, including improved operational performance measurement, tracking and reporting in addition to increased diversity in leadership and greater access to sports for all

Together, we Play for the Next Generation!

If you have any questions and/or are interested in participating in this year’s Virtual Summit, please reach out to us at

Location: Virtual
Climate ActionGender EqualityGood HealthQuality EducationReduced InequalitiesResponsible ConsumptionSustainable Cities and Communities

Sports for development: from policy to practice

June 1, 2021

United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and UNESCO’s Kazan Action Plan are great examples of international policies that guide the development of sports for development world-wide.

But how are they being put into practice? Are there good examples and case studies? What guidelines they suggest and that could inspire sport projects around the globe?

In this upcoming SportWorks TALK, Paul Hunt, Senior Project Manager at the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev), will share learnings from initiatives in different countries that are building the bridge between policy and practice, to put sports at the service of all.

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Gender EqualityPartnerships for the GoalsQuality EducationReduced Inequalities

Calling the shots: Sports and the European Green Revolution

May 25, 2021 - May 26, 2021
Surfriders / French Ministry of Sports

With the Paris Olympic Games and the French Presidency of the European Union approaching, the issue of sport and its relationship with environmental protection in Europe is of paramount importance. Therefore, Surfrider Foundation Europe and the French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports would like to invite all stakeholders from the
European community of Sport to two days of debates and discussions, around the Sport and Sustainability movement in Europe.

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