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.
Paddle for the Planet is a movement that unites paddlers and watermen for conservation. Our signature event is the annual Global Paddling Relay. The relay runs with simultaneous paddling events starting sequentially, on the same day, at the same time, in every time zone, in each country around the world thereby creating a global relay. Paddlers of any type of paddling craft (think: anything that floats) are united through the Global Relay. Paddle for the Planet aims to raise awareness and financial support for marine conservation specifically in “Marine Protected Areas” and “no take zones”.
MyClimate belongs to the global leaders in voluntary quality offsetting measures. With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies. Through their interactive and action-oriented educational programmes, myclimate encourages everyone to make a contribution towards our future. With this goal over 20,000 pupils and more than 8,000 apprentices have been reached in Switzerland and a worldwide network of 1,600 students and young professionals has been established. Moreover the foundation offers consultancy on integrated climate protection with tangible added value. myclimate provides this through analyses, IT solutions, labels and resource management. Services range from simple carbon footprints for businesses over sophisticated product life cycle assessments (LCA) to performance management. Its clients include large, medium and small businesses, public administrations, non-profit organisations, event organisers and private individuals. Through its partner organisations myclimate is represented in other countries as well.
Planet Super League is a new idea in sustainability. Our mission is to use the power of football to engage fans in action on the environment. We plan to launch a global competition, where fan groups play to win points by going green. Supporters declare their allegiance to their chosen club and the points they win are collected over the season, with the winning team lifting the trophy in a star-studded televised event at the end of year. Football has the ability to break down barriers, talk to billions of people and mobilise their enormous fan bases (some bigger than countries!). Twinned with the competitive nature of sport, it’s an unbelievable chance to make a positive change to our planet.
Phase 3 is a firm that aims to creates sustainable revenues for brands and sports properties. Phase 3 work to influence sustainable behavior change among sports fans inspired by their club's green operations and values. Phase 3 leverage sustainability-based strategies and practices that increase sales, reduce costs, engage Millennial & Gen Z fans, align with the community, and provide authentic corporate social responsibility and sports sustainability.