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:

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