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Sports for climate action

In December 2018, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) co-launched the new Sports for Climate Action Framework and defined the role of sport in the worldwide fight for climate change. The UN Sports for Climate Action Framework aims to help sports organisations reduce emissions caused by their operations and leverage the worldwide popularity of sport to engage millions of fans in the effort.

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Montenegrin NOC green games

On 1 May 2018, the Montenegrin National Olympic Committee (MOC) launched its Green Games programme. The programme was implemented for the first time when the country hosted the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) from 27 May to 1 June 2019. Green Games was based on four pillars: Environmental standards for sporting events. Sustainability education. Promotion of the Green Games initiative through a communication campaign before and during the GSSE. Concrete sustainability actions to be implemented during the GSSE.

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Moldovan NOC Olympic eco-fest

On 29 September 2018, the fourth edition of the Olympic Eco-Fest took place in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. Welcoming around 5,000 participants, the event took place during the European Week of Sport, which promotes sport and physical activity across Europe.

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COE sustainability strategy

The Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) has developed a Sustainability Strategy that is aligned with the IOC Sustainability Strategy, Olympic Agenda 2020 and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. The strategy is designed to be a benchmark for sustainability in Spanish sport and the wider Olympic Movement.

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Sri Lanka NOC give the reef another chance

On 25 June 2019, the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOC SL) launched Give the Reef Another Chance at Polhena Beach in Matara under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity. This threeyear project aims to raise awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation along the Sri Lankan coast and implement actions to help restore the diminishing reef of Polhena

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IIHF sustainability award

In May 2019, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) celebrated the first edition of their new annual sustainability award ceremony, which had been launched at the start of the year. Having noticed a significant increase in sustainability initiatives during events among its Member National Associations (MNAs), the IIHF decided to recognise and promote the work of the MNAs through a sustainability award

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IFF stick with it!

For 15 years, the International Floorball Federation (IFF) has run a sports development programme, shipping 30,000 brand new floorball sticks to countries most in need of sports equipment. In spring 2019, while exploring potential improvements to the programme, the IFF realised that its events led to the disposal of large quantities of sports equipment which could actually be reused or recycled – inspiring the launch of the new Stick with It! initiative.

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ICF events sustainability strategy

In 2018, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by signing up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations (UN) Environment’s Clean Seas campaign. Now, the ICF has introduced a sustainability strategy for events to raise environmental awareness, reduce environmental impact, protect the natural environment and demonstrate its commitment to social and economic sustainability

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IAAF-UNEP Clean Air project

In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) agreed a partnership with UN Environment to pilot a worldwide air-quality monitoring network that could link 1,000 athletics tracks worldwide According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is responsible for around seven million deaths every year and 91 per cent of the world’s population breathes non-compliant air. Even more alarmingly, 1.8 billion children breathe air so polluted that it puts their health and development in serious jeopardy

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Guatemalan NOC green office

In August 2018, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Guatemala (COG) implemented a Green Office project to reduce its workplace environmental footprint and day-to-day operating costs. Created in cooperation with the Cleaner Production Centre of Guatemala (CGP+L), the programme focuses on optimising resource usage.

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