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The Global Forum for Sport and Environment (“G-ForSE”) is the largest international platform for environmental action in sports. This year the forum will be taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, to debate the opportunities for the sporting industry to contribute to environmental action and awareness.
G-ForSE brings together sports federations, sporting goods manufactures, event producers and sports enthusiasts to determine their roles in increasing environmental action and awareness in sports. The grouping highlights a broad spectrum of environmental action in sports from around the world in order to educate and promote these activities. Every two years the G-ForSE Global Forum brings together the representatives of the sports world and rewards the best examples of environmental action in sports with the G-ForSE Prize. Following a successful event in Spain in 2008, the following Global Forum will be taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, during November 2010.
2010 has been a year full of global sporting events, including the Vancouver Olympic Games in February, the FIFA World Cup in June/July, the Youth Olympic Games in August, and the Commonwealth Games in October. Much work was also done in greening sport events in 2010, for example, UNEP’s engagement with the Indian Premier League, the UNEP-Puma Campaign on football and the International Year of Biodiversity and the work of the alternative energy commissions of the motor sports federations.
The 2010 Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) will debate these events and activities and review the extent to which environment and sustainability played a role in the preparations and staging of events in 2010. G-ForSE will also review the impact of events on climate and on biodiversity (as 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity) and provide recommendations on how organizers of future events could strengthen the integration of the environment in their activities.
G-ForSE is jointly organized by the United Nations Environmental Program (“UNEP”) and the Global Sports Alliance (GSA), a Japan-based organization. UNEP has in fact been involved in the environmental aspect of sporting events for some time, having signed a cooperative agreement with the International Olympic Committee in 1994. Since 2002, UNEP has participated in a task force of the UN Secretary-General on the use of sport for the implementation of the United Nations Development Goals.
UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner has said: “Major sporting events have significant environmental footprints. But are also real opportunities to showcase solutions and build awareness at matches and across the globe via newspapers, radio and TV.”
In February 2003, at the UNEP Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP’s work in the area of sport and environment received unanimous endorsement by governments. A long-term strategy on sport and the environment - adopted by the Council - required UNEP to increase its work on sport and the environment. On this basis, UNEP is continuing to engage with various international and sport organizations.
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