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UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action sets out a cooperative framework to both catalyse new and enhance existing environmental commitments. It is an open and inclusive initiative seeking to build on other related initiatives and commitments made by participating organisations and, an opportunity for the sports sector to become a climate leader. If you would like your sports organisation to participate, please see here.

Participants in this initiative commit to adhere to the following five principles:

  • Principle 1: Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility. The objective of this principle is to move beyond ad-hoc environmental practices to a comprehensive incorporation of climate change and its impacts into business strategy for operations, events, procurement, infrastructure, and communications. 
  • Principle 2: Reduce overall climate impact by encouraging sports organisations to prepare a strategy for achieving climate neutrality for their organisations and their events.
  • Principle 3: Educate for climate action and bring together, diffuse and spotlight existing guidelines, resources, tools, and expertise and collectively address potential knowledge gaps. The aim is enabling knowledge sharing capacities to optimise the impact of collective effort on climate action.
  • Principle 4: Promote sustainable and responsible consumption. The objective of this principle encourages sports organisations and sports events organisers to adopt sustainable procurement policies to motivate providers to develop cleaner options. Communication campaigns toward fans and other stakeholders could be built, to promote the use of greener, sustainable options.
  • Principle 5: Advocate for climate action through communication, consistently promoting awareness about climate change by mobilising resources to support action on climate change.