1996 Sports and the Environment
UN Offices in Vienna
In addition to helping to build a more peaceful world through sports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also strives to improve the quality of human life in other ways. One of the IOC’s goals is to protect the environment. This dedication to the environment has intensified during the last decade, and the organization has taken steps to broaden its field of action concerning environmental issues. Following the Earth Summit of 1992, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the IOC requested that all International Federations and National Olympic Committees sign the Earth Pledge. This pledge seeks to make the earth a safe, hospitable home for all of mankind.