In the year of its centenary, the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA), through its Commission on Sustainability in Sport, successfully the first Argentine Congress on Sustainability in Sport. The congress was held within the framework of the “World Earth Day” and was addressed to the National Federations affiliated to the committee, to the provincial and municipal sports authorities, and to club leaders. The main objective was to propose and work together to establish an environmental sports policy at the national level. ANOC was present in the event with Mr. Andrés Santi González.

The event was opened by Mario Moccia, President of the COA; Neven Ilic, President of Panam Sports, Vice-President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Claudio Tomasi, Resident Officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Argentina; and Mabel Roca, COA Secretary of Proceedings and President of the Commission on Sustainability in Sport.

Moccia said: “Environmental issues mobilise and engage us all. It is an issue that sometimes we think is far away, that it isn’t our problem but of someone else. But in reality, the problem belongs to everyone. From the sports community we can do a lot if we work together and are committed. Every day we must do at least a little bit to improve this issue. Through the Commission for Sustainability in Sport, led by Mabel Roca, we carry out permanent joint actions with international organisations working on the issue, at South American level with ANOC and the International Olympic Committee”.

Likewise, Ilic highlighted: ” We support all the initiatives of the Argentine Olympic Committee, as they carry out many actions and are leaders in different areas of Olympic development”. He added that “if each one of us contributes to start changing our vision of how we impact our planet, the sum of all small actions will, in the future, generate a change”.

ANOC was represented by Andrés Santi González, who presented the sustainability actions that ANOC has implemented since becoming signatory of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework in December 2022. The initiatives targeted reducing ANOC’s carbon footprint as an organisation, as well as support the sustainabili­ty maturity of the 206 Na­tional Olympic Committees by spreading the sustainability knowledge and best practices across their own member national federations.


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