8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment coming to Vancouver this spring

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - A worldwide forum on opportunities and issues
for sustainable sport is coming to Vancouver from March 29 to 31, 2009, when
the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in partnership with the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convene the 8th World Conference on Sport
and the Environment.
    The theme for the 2009 conference is Innovation and Inspiration:
Harnessing the Power of Sport for Change. The program will feature speakers
from the international sport community examining how sport organizations and
major sporting events can contribute to environmental, cultural and economic
sustainability at local, regional and global levels. The conference will offer
plenary and concurrent sessions under two conference tracks: Sport for
Environmental Solutions and Sport for Sustainable Living.
    The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC) will host the conference at the Vancouver Convention and
Exhibition Centre on behalf of the IOC and UNEP.
    "It is an honour to be hosting such a prominent conference on sport and
the environment here in our own backyard at a time when the eyes of the world
are on us," said John Furlong, chief executive officer for VANOC. "We are
especially proud as Canada and particularly British Columbia are leaders and
innovators in environmental stewardship and sustainability. This conference
presents a unique opportunity for local and international delegates to share
new knowledge and experiences with a global emphasis."
    The IOC supports Olympic cities hosting the World Conference as it
provides an arena for discussion on sustainability and the Olympic Movement.
The conference brings the world together to recognize the progress made in
staging more sustainable Games while also encouraging cooperation and further
development of environmental initiatives relating to sport.
    "The environment is an important part of the work of the Olympic Movement
and we recognize there can be many opportunities for sport and the Olympic
Games to provide sustainable environmental legacies," said Jacques Rogge, IOC
President. "The recent attention given to global warming has pushed
sustainability to the very top of the agenda for governments, businesses and
ordinary citizens. The conference brings together the worlds of sport and
environment to share knowledge and advance practices related to sport and its
relationship with the environment and communities."
    This will be the first time the international conference will be hosted
by a Canadian city. Past conferences have been held in Nairobi, Kenya; Torino,
Italy; Nagano, Japan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and
Lausanne, Switzerland. The 7th World Conference on Sport and the Environment
was hosted by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX
Olympiad in Beijing, China in October 2007.
    The Globe Foundation has been contracted by VANOC to organize the event.
Registration for the conference is now open. Visit www.wcse2009.com for more
details about the program and conference features.

    Innovation and Inspiration Exposition

    The 2009 World Conference on Sport and the Environment will feature an
Innovation and Inspiration exposition to showcase best practices by
organizations who promote sustainable living and sustainable development
through sports. The exposition will be open to the general public, as well as
the international audience of high-level conference delegates, including IOC
and UNEP representatives and global corporate entities. Interested exhibitors
should book early as this opportunity is sure to sell out. Please contact The
Globe Foundation at +1 905.841.1688, or e-mail exhibits@wcse2009.com.

    About the WCSE

    The World Conference on Sport and the Environment typically attracts a
global audience of many hundreds of participants, including representatives
from the IOC, UNEP, National Olympic Committees and International Sports
Federations, past and current Organizing Committees, candidate cities (current
and aspiring), other major international sporting events, governments,
corporate sponsors, academic institutions and environmental organizations.
Learn more about the WCSE at

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. For more information about VANOC and
the 2010 Winter Games visit vancouver2010.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Katie Green, VANOC Media
Relations, (778) 328-6473, katie_green@vancouver2010.com

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