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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

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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

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)

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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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“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