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The Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 - Strengthening The Role of Major Groups

  To ensure the success of the sustainable development desired by the UNCED and adopted in turn by the Olympic Movement, it is essential that all the groups that make up this Movement should be active and respected supporters of the initiative undertaken.

  Democratic practice requires access to sources of information. The governing bodies of the Olympic Movement will encourage this access, especially as regards environmental and development aspects. These same bodies undertake to involve all interested groups in the process of arriving at decisions relating to sustainable development.

  In this context, the Olympic Movement can bring a significant contribution to the strengthening of the roles of two groups: women and young people. Moreover, in consideration of the importance of indigenous communities who represent a significant percentage of the global population and who also often suffer social exclusion, it is appropriate that the Olympic Movement pay adequate attention to them

  Advancement of the role of women

  UNCED Agenda 21 makes very specific mention of a global campaign to encourage the participation of women in sustainable and equitable development. The Olympic Movement, which has already played a pioneering role in promoting the involvement of women in sport, supports this global campaign and intends to contribute to it by adopting the following objectives:

  ·to pursue its efforts to promote women's sport;

  · to treat traditionally female sports disciplines in the same way as all others;

  · to promote women's education, particularly through the creation of regional sporting activity centres which also serve as educational centres;

  · to develop social measures such as crèches or day nurseries to facilitate women's involvement in sport;

  ·to ensure equal media coverage and economic treatment of women's and men's sporting performances;

  ·to encourage the access of women to positions of responsibility in sport's governing bodies; and

  ·to develop joint actions with the international bodies concerned.

     Promoting the role of young people

  Young people represent nearly one third of the world's population and are the population group most concerned by the environment and development, and by the practice of sport. The Olympic Movement recognizes the particular importance of this group in the sustainable development initiative. As the nature of its activities provides the Olympic Movement with privileged access to young people, it has a special responsibility to convey to them the importance and urgency of being aware of and acting against dangers threatening our environment.

  On this basis, the Olympic Movement proposes to involve young people more in decisions relating to sustainable development and the activities called for by the application of Agenda 21. With this in mind, it has set itself the following objectives:

  ·to encourage access to education and integration into working life for all young athletes;

  ·to ensure that, within sporting bodies, young people are involved in the taking of decisions which concern them;

  ·to make use of the capacity for mobilization demonstrated by young people in the activities arranged by the Olympic Movement;

  ·to condemn and combat the violations of human rights of which young people are particularly likely to be victims;

  · to declare its endorsement of the United Nations Convention (Resolution 44/25) on children's rights and to apply it;

  ·to develop joint activities with specialist international bodies.

     Recognition and promotion of indigenous populations

  Indigenous populations have strong historical ties to their environment and have played an important part in its preservation.  The Olympic Movement endorses the UNCED action in favour of their recognition and the strengthening of their role. In this context, it intends:

  · to encourage their sporting traditions;

  · to contribute to the use of their traditional knowledge and know-how in matters of environmental management in order to take appropriate action, notably in the regions where these populations originate;

  ·to encourage access to sports participation for these populations.

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