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“The Role of Sport in Combating Climate Change”

Virtual Event: Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 9:30 AM EDT

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Under this global theme, UN Headquarters in New York will recognize the role of sport in addressing the climate crisis and will highlight actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against climate change.

Join us on 6 April 2022 at 9:30am EDT on the UN YouTube Channel and UN Web TV for a virtual event hosted by UN Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming, featuring remarks from high-level UN Officials and UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action signatory, Nike, and conversations with elite athletes and Olympians, and prominent leaders from the 2022 Qatar World Cup organizing committee and World Rugby (moderated by NBC correspondent Tabitha Lipkin).

Sport is in a unique position to display leadership, to take responsibility for its carbon footprint, engage in a climate neutral journey, incentivize action beyond the sporting sector, and play a major role in amplifying awareness among its billions of spectators, facilitators and participants at all levels. With the need for urgent action growing more dire every day, the relationship between sport and climate must be better understood and ways of developing policies and taking concrete action to help reverse the impact of climate change through sport must be communicated to as wide an audience as possible. 

Event Details

Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications will host the event.

Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General will give welcome remarks.

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Lead delivering a keynote speech State-of-play for the sporting world and climate change.

Vien Truong, Senior Director of Global Engagement for Sustainability at Nike delivers remarks.

CURATED CONVERSATIONS WITH SPORTS INDUSTRY LEADERS & ELITE WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES

Moderator: Tabitha Lipkin, Broadcast Journalist and NBCLX Evening Host

  • Mihir Warty, Chief Strategy Officer, World Rugby
  • Bodour Al Meer, Sustainability Director, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar
  • Jessie Diggins, Olympic Gold-Medal Athlete & Protect Our Winters (POW) Board Member
  • Boris Herrmann, Ocean Skipper, Team Malizia
  • Tatyana McFadden, 20x Paralympic Medalist, 24x World Major Marathon winner

CURATED CONVERSATION ON THE INTERSECTION OF SPORT, GOVERNMENT & CLIMATE ACTION

Moderator: Robert Skinner, Chief of Partnerships and Global Engagement, United Nations Department of Global Communications

  • H.E. Ms. Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ms. Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT

Register for International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: The Role of Sport in Combating Climate Change - once you register, a few days before the event you will receive an email with links as to where to join the event.

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