Geneva Green Guide
International Olympic Committee
DescriptionThe IOC is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization that leads the Olympic Movement in accordance with the Olympic Charter and its core values of excellence, respect and friendship. Its roles include ensuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games and participating in actions to promote peace, sports ethics, women in sport and Olympic education. The IOC has made environmental conservation one of the three dimensions of the Olympic Movement (along with culture and sport) and has enshrined concern for environmental issues in the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter.
President: Jacques Rogge
The IOC, along with the Organizing Committees of the Olympics, promotes the environmentally sound organization of the Games. Among its initiatives are:
- the establishment of a Sport and Environment Commission, chaired by Pál Schmitt, IOC Member, which advises the IOC on environmental protection matters and conducts educational campaigns to promote respect for the environment;
- ensuring that environmental protection and, more importantly, sustainability, are fundamental elements of Games planning and operations throughout the process, from a city’s initial desire to host an Olympic Games to the long-term impact of those Games;
- promotion of the environmentally sound organization of other sporting events at local, regional and national levels;
- organizing a World Conference on Sport and the Environment every two years to assess the progress made by the Olympic Movement in environmental matters;
- organizing regional seminars to promote environmental awareness and Agenda 21.
The IOC works in cooperation with UNEP to implement the Olympic Movement's Agenda 21.