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With sport being intimately connected to nature and a healthy environment necessary for healthy sport, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to ensure that the impact on the environment of sports facilities, events, activities and the manufacture of sporting goods is minimized. Energy and water consumption, air pollution, emissions of greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances, waste management and impacts on biological diversity are all issues for the sporting world to address. UNEP uses the popularity of sports to promote environmental awareness and respect for the environment among the public, especially young people.

UNEP (2009), Independent Environmental Assessment: Beijing Olympic Games, Nairobi, Kenya.

UNEP (2007), Beijing Olympics 2008 - An Environmental Review, Nairobi, Kenya.

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (2007), Green Champions in Sport and Environment, Berlin, Germany.

Environment Department of the Organising Committee for XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006 (2006), Sustainability Report 2006, TOROC, Torino, Italy

Lo Sze Ping (2004), UNEP Environmental Assessment, Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: Full Report, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya.

5th World Conference on Sport and Environment, Turin 2-3 December 2003, Climate Change and Winter Sports: Environmental and Economic Threats

UNEP (2001), Sustainable Sport Management, Nairobi, Kenya.

UNEP and GSA: Vital Messages

Yao Ming
Status: UNEP Environmental Champion
Date of birth: 12 September 1980
Nationality: Chinese
Sport: Basketball
Date of appointment: 9 August 2008
Personal website: yaomingfanclub.com, theyaomingfoundation.org
Quote: “In my role as an environmental champion, I will work with governments, the private sector and the public to promote good and effective management of our environment so we can preserve the planet for future generations.”

Theodore Oben
Chief, Outreach
E-mail: theodore.oben(at)unep.org


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