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The Role of Sport in Combating Climate Change

April 6, 2022

In the context of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, you are invited to a global virtual event on Wednesday 6 April 2022 at 9:30 AM EDT.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared that “we must go into emergency mode against the climate crisis,” warning that, “the battle to keep the 1.5C goal alive will be won or lost this decade."

The world of sport is in a unique position to display leadership in climate action and in mitigating the effects of climate change. On this International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, learn about innovative actions sport is taking to limit its footprint, incentivize action in, and beyond, the sporting sector, and how it plays a major role in amplifying awareness and contributing low-cost, high-impact solutions. 

Join us on Wednesday, 6 April 2022 at 9:30am EDT on the UN YouTube Channel or UN Web TV for a virtual event hosted by UN Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming, featuring remarks from high-level UN Officials, and conversations with elite athletes and Olympians, and major sporting groups including the 2022 Qatar World Cup organizing committee, and World Rugby (moderated by NBC correspondent Tabitha Lipkin). 

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Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General,United Nations Department of Global Communications hosts the event

Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General provides welcome remarks

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Lead delivers keynote address

Curated Conversations with Sports Industry Leaders & Elite World-Class Athletes

Moderator: Tabitha Lipkin, Broadcast Journalist and NBCLX Evening Host 

  • Mihir Warty, Chief Strategy Officer, World Rugby (UN Sports for Climate Action Signatory)
  • Bodour Al Meer, Sustainability Director, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar
  • Jessie Diggins, Olympic Gold-Medal Athlete (Skiing) & Protect Our Winters Board Member
  • Boris Herrmann, Ocean Skipper, Team Malizia (UN Sports for Climate Action Signatory)
  • Tatyana McFadden, 20x Paralympic Medalist, 24x World Major Marathon winner

Curated Conversation On The Intersection of Sport, Government & Climate Action 

Moderator: Robert Skinner, Chief of Partnerships and Global Engagement, UN Department of Global Communications

  • H.E. Ms. Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations 
  • H.E. Ms. Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations 


The event is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and Department of Economic and Social Affairs, with the support of the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations. Event Contact:

Climate Action

FC PORTO and LIPOR hold conference on environmental management in sport and cultural events

February 18, 2022

Environmental Responsibility in Events” aims to make known the best examples of environmental management practices. On the 18th of February, from 3 pm to 6:30 pm, will be held the Online Conference “Environmental Responsibility in Events”, which will bring together speakers from different National and International Entities, with the aim of sharing their approach to environmental management at sports and cultural events.

In a joint organization between the FC Porto Football Sciences Institute and Lipor, as part of the Life Tackle Project, this Conference aims to raise awareness of the best examples of environmental management practices, promoting strategies and tools that increase the competence and consciousness of clubs/companies and its stakeholders.

Designed for sustainability and event management professionals, but open to all the participants, the Conference has free, but mandatory, registration on the FC Porto Football Sciences Institute website. Spaces are limited.

The conference will have simultaneous translation in Portuguese/English.

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Conference Program “Environmental Responsibility in Events”

Opening and Welcome Session
3:00 pm - Welcome to the Conference Environmental Responsibility In Events
3:10 pm - Life Tackle Project
Tiberio Daddi – Life Tackle Project Manager

First Panel – Fan Engagement
3:30 pm – The impact of environmental initiatives on fan engagement – ​​opportunities and challenges
Andrea Maschietto – Juventus FC External Relations and Sustainability Manager
3:45 pm – Sustainability in and off the pitch
Luis Estrela – Fundação Liga Portugal Coordinator
4:00 pm – Rock in Rio Sustainability Goals
Dora Palma – Rock in Rio Sustainability Manager

Second Panel – Events Management
4:30 pm – Life Tackle FC Porto Case Study
Teresa Santos – FC Porto Sustainability Manager
4:45 pm – Mobility and Environmental Impact in Event Management
Manuel Paulo Teixeira - Director of Mobility and Transport - Porto City Hall
5:00 pm – UEFA Environmental Requirements for Events Management
Hugo Viseu – UEFA Social Responsibility Manager

Third Panel - Round Table Discussion
5:15 pm - Juventus| Fundação Liga Portugal| Rock in Rio FC Porto| CM Porto| UEFA

Closing Panel
6:15 pm -  Towards Sustainability
José Manuel Ribeiro – Chairman of the Board of Directors of LIPOR

Location: Virtual
Climate Action

BASIS Wednesday webinar – 19.01.22 Preventing plastic pollution in sport

January 19, 2022
BASIS (British Association for Sustainable Sport)

Preventing plastic pollution in sport

The Environment Agency’s Plastics and Sustainability team will be discussing how sports clubs, venues and events can reduce the amount of avoidable single-use plastic they use. Bringing participants, fans, and members along on the journey. By reducing avoidable plastic sport can play its part in tackling the climate emergency and protecting the planet for future generations.

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Location: Online
Responsible Consumption

II Sustainability Summit: “The Race for Agenda 2030”

November 18, 2021
COE (Spanish Olympic Committee)

The Spanish NOC will hold, in collaboration with the FEMP – Spanish Federation for Municipalities and Provinces- and Banco Santander, the II Sustainability Summit "The Race to 2030 Agenda".
This Summit will address, on one hand, how climate change affects sport and how sport itself and sporting events generate a carbon footprint, and on the other hand, what solutions and actions are proposed by the Spanish Olympic Committee to tackle Climate Change. In addition, we will present some initiatives of the Spanish Olympic Committee with its partners.

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The programme of the Summit is available here

Location: Virtual
Climate Action

2021 IAKS Congress: Developing healthy and sustainable communities

October 26, 2021 - October 29, 2021

The sports and leisure sector has been impacted massively by Covid-19, while we also need to respond to the challenge of climate change. Social, ecological and economical sustainability needs to be addressed in an integral way. Grass root and elite sport will face funding challenges for both public and private projects, as governments world-wide search for ways to recover from the pandemic.

Meet international experts sharing their experiences on making communities places of active living. Get to know best practice examples to tackle the challenges of climate change. Ecological, economic and social sustainability needs to be addressed in an integral way.
IAKS is proudly hosting the 27th edition of this outstanding knowledge sharing event.

Topics include :

  • Addressing the global climate challenge
  • Innovation to foster ecological sustainability
  • Zeroing in on Net Zero

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Location: Köln Messe/Deutz Deutz-Mülheimer Str. 111 Entrance North 50679 - Köln , Germany

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

UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum

October 26, 2021 - October 27, 2021
UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale)

The UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum annually brings together cycling leaders, advocates, mobility experts, National Federations, industry representatives and policy makers to exchange on the future of active mobility.

The 2021 UCI Mobility & Bike City Forum will be hosted with Destination Fyn at the ODEON in Odense (Denmark) on 26-27 October 2021.  

With inspiring keynote speeches to be delivered by Chris Boardman and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, the two days of learning and exchange will feature numerous examples of best practice shared by cycling experts from around the globe. 

• Tuesday 26 October: Conference day focused on the following themes: 

  • Sport, tourism and socio-economic impact
  • Infrastructures and urban planning
  • Sustainability and climate change 
  • Tools for safe and inclusive cycling promotion 

• Wednesday 27 October: Bike tours of local infrastructures and cycling initiatives in UCI Bike Region Fyn and workshop for UCI Bike Cities & Regions. 

Registration and programme

To register, please follow this link:

  • The complete programme can be accessed here
  • The detailed Forum brochure can be accessed here (to be published in September 2021). 


While registration is free of charge, participants must organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation. Special room rates are available for all participants at the Comwell H.C. Andersen Hotel. 

For more information regarding Odense, the event venue, accommodation, transport and overall logistics, please consult the following document

For any questions regarding the Forum, please contact

Climate Action

IUCN World Conservation Congress

September 3, 2021 - September 11, 2021

The first hybrid in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began, the Congress will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity for decades to come.

  • Click here to register for in-person
  • Click here to register for virtual
  • Click here to access the Congress program

Climate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land

Global Leaders gather at Sport Integrity Week 2021 to shape the Future of the Sporting Industry

September 13, 2021 - August 17, 2021

Following the resounding success and global acclaim of last year’s inaugural Sport Integrity Week, SIGA announces the #SIW2021 edition, the world’s premier thought leadership digital event fully focused on Sport Integrity. The #SIW2021 will take place over five action-packed days (13 – 17 September 2021), across a World Stage and six Continental Stages (America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania).

Promoting global solutions to global problems through regional approaches, SIGA’s flagship event will bring together the whole sporting industry, including senior executives, thought leaders, forwardthinkers, key policy-makers, law enforcement authorities, global sponsors, media, and all those who want to see sport and the wider industry be governed and operated under the highest integrity standards.

This is much more than a consumption orientated talking shop! Comprising a series of world-class and interactive debates, high-profile one-to-one sessions with some of the most influential global industry leaders and insightful keynote speeches, the Sport Integrity Week 2021 is underpinned by dynamic engagement, networking and mechanisms that will drive collaboration, future projects and initiatives. All intended to deliver, in a collaborative, inclusive and unified way, the much-need reforms that will overcome the most pressing challenges facing the global sporting industry.

The first 10 confirmed speakers require no introduction.They are:

• Javier Tebas, President, La Liga
• Alison Giordano, Vice President, Global Sponsorships and Content Marketing, Mastercard
• Lorenzo Salazar, Vice-Chair, Working Group on Bribery in International Business, OECD
• Andrea Traverso, Director, Financial Sustainability & Research, UEFA
•David Butler, General Manager, European Rugby League
• Paul Elliott, Chair, Inclusion Advisory Board, The FA
• Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman, Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)
• Ralf Reichert, Co-founder & Co-CEO, ESL Gaming
• Stacey Copeland, Former English professional boxer and football player | female superwelterweight Commonwealth Boxing Champion | SIGA Champion
• Pedro Duarte, Director, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Commenting the launch of the Sport Integrity Week 2021, SIGA’s Global CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, stated: “As we all look to overcome the consequences of the devastating global pandemic, SIGA is more committed than ever to mobilizing and unifying all sectors of the sporting industry, to not only deliver Recovery with Integrity, but to use this opportunity to move from despair to optimism and evolve in positive and meaningful ways. Sport is coming back to the pitches, courts, and tracks.

This is a moment to celebrate, but equally to assume responsibilities, tackle the problems heads on, without excuses, and set in motion long overdue integrity reforms. Sport is being played again in open fields, under the lights, in fronts on millions, all over the world. It must be governed the same way: with integrity, transparency, and accountability.

This is what the fans deserve, the global business community expects, and sport is all about! Bringing together all sides of the global sporting industry, from all continents and all sports, the Sport Integrity Week is a dynamic, multi-cultural space of dialogue, knowledge sharing and thought leadership. It is the perfect platform to make things happen.

Last year’s inaugural Sport Integrity Week was undoubtedly a huge success, with more than 1200 delegates and more than 250 speakers. This year, we will be even more inclusive, more engaging and more action-orientated. We cannot wait to get started! As you can see from the first 10 names we are disclosing this morning – experts from the top of their fields, representing the most impactful, forward-thinking organisations, are fully engaged, and ready to go. This is only a small taste of what is to come! So, come along and be part of this growing independent global movement for change. Join us. Support our Sport Integrity Goals and participate in the #StandWithSIGA campaign.

The Sport Integrity Week will address a specific and complementary topic every day:
Day 1 – 13 Sept: Good Governance, Anti-Corruption & International Cooperation in Sport
Day 2 – 14 Sept: Financial Integrity, Transparency & Sustainability in Sport
Day 3 – 15 Sept: Sports Betting Integrity
Day 4 – 16 Sept: Global Business, Media and Technology in Sport
Day 5 – 17 Sept: Youth Development and Protection in Sport


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