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The Commitment of The Various Members of The Olympic Movement to The Application of Agenda 21

  The III IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment was held in Rio de Janeiro from 21 to 24 October 1999. The 300 participants to the Conference, comprising representatives from:

  , the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),

  , the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

  , the World Health Organisation (WHO),

  , the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),

  ,Greenpeace,

  , the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),

  , the International Olympic Committee (IOC),

  , 19 International Federations,

  , 93 National Olympic Committees,

  , 4 Organising Committees for the Olympic Games,

  , recognised organisations such as ICSSPE , WFSGI and IAKS

  , athletes as well as other members of the Olympic Movement,

  appealed to the global sporting community to use the Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 as the basis for its policies and an inspiration for its action.

  They also made the "Rio Statement" which charts the course of action for the implementation of the Agenda 21. The text of this Statement is the following:

RIO STATEMENT ON SPORT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  Adopted by the Third IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment on October 23, 1999, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  The Conference,

  Considering that the application of the concept of sustainable development, as outlined by the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), is also the responsibility of the Olympic Movement and of the sports community;

  Recognising that, because of the universality of sport, the Olympic Movement has the ability to play an active part in the taking of measures favouring sustainable development;

  Aware that the achievement of that objective requires the active involvement of all the groups that make up the Olympic Movement as well as the support from Governments, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the other international organisations concerned;

  Declares that:

  1. The Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 is an instrument setting out the general actions needed in the fields in which the Olympic Movement can bring an effective contribution to sustainable development.

  2. All the members of the Olympic Movement, and all participants in sport and enterprises associated with sport, should be invited to comply with the recommendations of the present Agenda 21 to the best of their ability and with due respect for their cultures, traditions and beliefs.

  3. All members of the Olympic Movement should be urged to integrate sustainable development into their policies and activities, based on above Agenda 21; they should also encourage all individuals that are linked to them to behave in such a way as to ensure that their sporting activities and their lifestyles play a part in sustainable development.

  4. The Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 should be implemented in a manner respecting the different social, economic, geographical, climatic, cultural and religious contexts which are characteristic of the diversity of the members of the Olympic Movement.

  5. Particular emphasis should be placed on awareness-raising, education and training in environmental protection.

  6. Athletes, considering their popularity and influence among youth in particular, should be encouraged to contribute to the promotion of environmental education and training. Similarly, the media should be called upon to support these efforts.

  7. The implementation of the Agenda 21 should be conducted within a policy of close collaboration between members of the Olympic Movement and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as all other governmental and non-governmental, national and international entities pursuing the same objective.

  8. The main responsibility for the promotion and updating of the Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 shall be entrusted to the IOC Sport and Environment Commission. All members of the Olympic Movement as well as other concerned entities should give adequate support, in all areas, to the Commission to help it in its task.

  9. The IOC Sport and Environment Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme should establish a joint Working Group to provide policy advice and guidance on and to monitor the implementation of the Olympic Movement's Agenda 21.

  10. The joint Working Group should prepare detailed progress reports on the implementation of Olympic Movement's Agenda 21 to be presented at the main meetings of the members of the Olympic Movement and at the future IOC World Conferences on Sport and the Environment.

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