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Beijing Olypmic Games: UNEP Report

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 Challenge and opportunity characterize the award of the 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing.

China’s rapid economic development, with GDP growing at more than 11 per cent per year, has generated widespread concern about the environmental  mplications for China and the world, both within China and throughout the international community. In response, the Government of China has instituted a growing number of environmental initiatives and legislation designed to promote environmental sustainability as part of the country’s ambitious growth strategy.
With world attention increasingly on China, the staging of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing has given China an opportunity to showcase its commitment and ability to grow in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The challenge lies in the fact that Beijing’s successful bid not only raised the city’s profile internationally, but highlighted a number of environmental issues, not least the city’s poor air quality, which remains a major concern for the Olympic Movement less than one year before the Games [in 2008] are due to commence.

Notwithstanding concerns over air pollution, this review is able to conclude that considerable effort has gone into fulfilling the letter and spirit of the promise by the Beijing Olympic Games Organizing Committee (BOCOG) to deliver a ‘Green Olympics’



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Editor's comments - [  When the International Olympic Committee awarded the XXIX Olympic Games and the XIII Paralympic Games to Beijing in 2001, one of the criteria on which it judged all the candidate cities was their commitment to staging an environmentally conscious Olympics.

Since the mid-190s, environmental considerations have been increasingly prominent in Olympic planning, with each Games expected to leave a sustainable legacy. There have been notable landmarks. Lillehammer in 1994, Sydney in 2000 and, especially, Torino in 2006 all set new benchmarks for environmental awareness and sensitivity.

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Revellino, P. (2007). The Beijing Olypmic Games: UNEP Report. Beijing: UNEP


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