The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.
UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.
Sports organizations can display climate leadership by engaging together in the climate neutrality journey. They can achieve this by taking responsibility for their climate footprint, which in turn will incentivize climate action beyond the sports sector, and therefore help global ambition step-up in the face of the threat posed by climate change.
UN Climate Change invites sports organizations and their stakeholders to join a new climate action for sport movement. This initiative aims at supporting and guiding sports actors in achieving global climate change goals.
Uniting behind a set of principles, sports organizations and their communities have created an initiative by collaborating in order to position their sector on the path of the low carbon economy that global leaders agreed on in Paris: Sports for Climate Action.
This initiative is concretized by the creation of the Sport For Climate Action Framework.
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. In partnerhip with the International Olympic Committee, UN Women launched the Sport or Generation Equality initiative which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The sports movement is invited to join the Initiative to accelerate progress on a set of common principles and aligned objectives that will harness the power of sport in making gender equality a reality within and through sport. Other initiatives have been taken by UN Women in collaboration with various sport governing bodies. The most relevant can be found here : https://www.unwomen.org/en/search-results?keywords=sport
The THF empowers refugees and displaced persons worldwide by training them in the sport and martial art of taekwondo. It supports them with necessary equipment, infrastructure and related educational programs teaching the values of Olympism and global citizenship. By doing so, it improves their quality of life in refugee camps and their future prospects as global citizens. In a secondary mission, the THF helps WT carry out its responsibility as an international federation. It offers WT members and clubs the opportunity to do good by donating to or volunteering for THF programs. The THF is the brainchild of World Taekwondo, or WT. The two organizations share the same president, Dr. Chungwon Choue; the WT supports the THF in some of its operations; and the two organizations share office space in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, the THF is not part of the WT. It is a charitable foundation established under Swiss law in April 2016. The two bodies, the THF and WT, are financially and organizationally independent. The THF was officially announced to the world in a speech to the UN Headquarters in New York by Dr. Choue on Sept. 21, 2015.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Millions of people are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world.
The International Basketball Foundation (IBF) was founded in 2008 by FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. The Foundation is the social, educational and legacy arm of FIBA that addresses the role of sports and particularly basketball in society, preserving and promoting basketball’s values and its cultural heritage. Its main areas of activities are educational programmes for administrators, the management of FIBA’s archives, the establishment, housing and promotion of basketball's history and memorabilia as well as the FIBA Hall of Fame. It also owns and manages the House of Basketball, FIBA’s worldwide headquarters. The Foundation is active in fundraising and attracting and establishing a pool of donators. Mission
The Youth and Sport Task Force represents creative, passionate and innovative young leaders across Asia and the Pacific who use sport as a tool for positive social change in their communities. The youth are in control. They design their own programmes, determine their own priorities and collectively, decide on the strategic direction of the Task Force. UNESCO supports the Task Force by providing opportunities for the members to promote and enhance their work by connecting with each other and with regional and global opportunities for growth and capacity building. All programmes represented by the Task Force are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are cultivating a community of young change-makers who are already making a big impact, by youth, with youth, for youth.
The World Sailing Trust is a global charity established to support sailing in all its forms. They work to promote participation and access, support young sailing athletes, and safeguard waters for future generations. The World Sailing Trust was set up by World Sailing to catalyse change. World Sailing, as the global governing body for the sport, is uniquely positioned to influence and affect change across the global sailing community, and will work with the World Sailing Trust to generate impact around the world. Using its collective influence, and working in partnership with individuals and organisations around the world, the World Sailing Trust has the opportunity to inspire greater participation across the globe and establish far-reaching partnerships to safeguard the future of sailing and our planet’s waters. The World Sailing Trust has closely aligned its goals with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda, both setting specific targets to be achieved by 2030.
11th Hour Racing works with the sailing community and maritime industries to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of our ocean. Inspired by and furthering the mission of The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing embraces sponsorships, grantees, and ambassadors who integrate sustainability into their values and operations while educating, innovating and inspiring people with the critical message of ocean stewardship.
The Green Blue is the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, established in 2005 at the Southampton Boat Show. As a boating community we enjoy getting out on the water and experiencing the beautiful environment around us. We therefore play an important role in helping to protect our marine and inland waters and safeguard the wildlife and habitats with which we share our boating environment. Our Aim: To inspire sustainable recreational boating for cleaner, healthier waters by: – Identifying and raising awareness of key environmental issues – Providing tailored information, guidance and an array of resources to support recreational boating in adopting and sharing best practice – Delivering environmental awareness talks, presentations, workshops, event stands, educational activities and instructor training – Discovering and raising awareness of more environmentally sustainable products and services – Working closely with government agencies and bodies such as DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency – Developing partnerships and projects with other organisations, trusts, charities and businesses.
When 5T was founded in 2008, two strong market forces were emerging – global financial recession and escalating climate change risks to sports operations. Sensing the need for the industry to adapt for the future, we began building our practice around 3 key pillars: Sustainability, Technology and Community. The sports properties and partners who use their resources responsibly, deploy technology for efficiencies and strengthen their connection to their communities will weather the downcycle, but set themselves on course for long-term businesssustainability. Ass a sports organization, sports brand, host city or partner, we work to make you stronger. Because at the end of the day, we’re fans, too. And we want the game to go on forever.