IOC and C40 to partner on climate transition

Monaco (26 June 2018) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and C40 Cities today committed to partner on climate transition by working for sustainable Olympic Games. This unique global partnership was announced by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Albert II, Prince of Monaco and Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, alongside Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair, at the first edition of the Transition Monaco Forum.

C40 and the IOC plan to work with interested cities, candidate cities, host cities of the Olympic Games to help them achieve their sustainability objectives, which will further contribute to their regions’ larger climate initiatives.
The IOC’s sustainability strategy, which is one of the pillars of the IOC’s strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020, concentrates on five focus areas, one of which is climate.

“Given that the next four editions of the Olympic Games will be conducted in significant cities that are part of the C40 network, this collaboration was a natural and fantastic opportunity,” said HSH Prince Albert II. “Our goal is to make the Olympic Games best fit the long-term needs and objectives of the host cities. That includes incorporating sustainability in all aspects of planning for and delivering the Olympic Games. By signing this MOU, we will be able to better assist current and future host cities in achieving their climate change goals by utilising the expertise and experience of the C40, and for both parties to showcase related initiatives and results.”

The host cities for the next three Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 - are members of the C40 Steering Committee. The host of the next Olympic Winter Games, Beijing 2022, is also a key member of the C40 network, which gathers 96 cities committed to leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.

“Hosting the Olympic Games is a unique privilege for any city, and provides an amazing opportunity to accelerate the climate and air quality initiatives that mayors need to implement for the future of their citizens,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40. “This partnership between the IOC and C40, two organizations with a long experience of showcasing cities, will ensure the Olympic Games and climate transition go hand in hand in securing a sustainable future for everyone.”

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the world’s largest sports events. Sport has the power to change the world, and the delivery of the Games may have global impacts,” said Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo. “Tokyo as the host city of the Tokyo 2020 Games will play the role responsibly. The Tokyo 2020 Games will demonstrate to the world that Tokyo works integrally on environmental, social and economic aspects of a 21st-century sustainable development, and contributes to achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. We aim to secure that our initiatives which ensure sustainability in a comprehensive way, like the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project: Towards an Innovative Future for All, will be handed down as legacies for the benefit of future Olympic and Paralympic Games, as notable examples for the benefit of the Paris Games and the Los Angeles Games, as well as further broadly for the diversified development in the world.”

“Los Angeles is where the world comes to compete, and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games are an opportunity to showcase our city’s sustainable values,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Climate change knows no boundaries, and only through global cooperation can we overcome this global challenge. Working together, the IOC and C40 can use the Olympic moment to help our planet heal and our people grow.”

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About C40 Cities: C40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About IOC The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

About Transition Monaco Forum: Transition Monaco Forum is a new global platform committed to accelerating the transition towards a clean future. Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the inaugural conference will convene global business leaders, investors, policymakers, cleantech experts and innovators in Monaco from June 26-27, 2018. The objectives of this initiative are to form a hub of investors dedicated to financing the ecological and energy transition and to mobilize key stakeholders across all sectors and industries to find concrete solutions for businesses to develop sustainably. For more information about Transition Monaco Forum, visit our website and follow us on Twitter