Danish Olympic Committee Hopes to ‘Influence’ Sport with Human Rights and Sustainability Expertise

By Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

After partnering with Amnesty International, the committee hopes to use its insight to help decision makers choose appropriate hosts for major sporting events

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TO WORK TOWARDS A WORLD OF SPORT THAT FULLY RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS by sharing knowledge, building capacity and increasing accountability of all actors through collective action. That’s the mission of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, a sport-specific organisation formed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) in June this year.

The project has been in the pipeline ever since the IHRB assisted the Sustainability Commission of the London 2012 Olympics and started to develop white papers covering various human rights risks that could occur during the preparations of sporting events.

And with major human rights violations reported in nations that have been awarded mega sporting events in recent years, another layer of scrutiny and support will be welcomed by those who want sport to be held up as an industry devoted to good practice and human equality.

At the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018, hosted in Vienna last week, Alison Biscoe of the IHRB said that sport had the potential to be the “catalyst for progress and sustainable development”, but emphasised the importance of a collective approach that consisted of shared knowledge, capacity building and increased accountability.

FIFA, UEFA and the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are among the 37 founder members of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights’ Advisory Council, as is the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – an organisation that has made progress after being accused in 2016 of not doing enough to protect the rights of migrant workers.

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Future In Waste Management, Says Activist

By Sheenam Chandra, SUVA, FijiSun

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Dwain Qalovaki with the Green Sports Alliance 2018 Innovator of the Year award for advancing connections between sports and waste management by hosting the first Oceania Region Plastic Free tournament at Raka7s across staff, stadium venue, food vendors, fans and community. He received this award on June 27, in Atlanta in USA.

Thirty-two-year-old Dwain Qalovaki is a familiar face to organic waste manage­ment and green entrepreneur­ship.

The two-time international award-winning sustainability manager said: “My first interna­tional award was from the Inter­national Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016,” he said.

“I was one of three people around awarded for growing in­digenous participation in sustain­able sea transport initiatives.”

Mr Qalovaki is a trustee of the Uto ni Yalo.

“The Uto ni Yalo is a 72-foot, so­lar and wind-powered vessel and we have circumnavigated the world twice and we have been to 15 countries in the Southern and Northern hemispheres,” he said.

“At the Green Entrepreneurship Workshop, my job was to liaise with almost 20 Green Entrepre­neurs about how we create busi­ness opportunities in waste.

“Some of the things was to talk to them about the fact that we need to read the National Indica­tors around statistics.

“It’s not good enough to just do a feel-good piece where we are try­ing to save the environment.”

He has also won a Global Green Sports Alliance in Raka 7s.

Mr Qalovaki said that Naboro landfill, which is the main land­fill for the whole country, accepts 180,000 kilograms of waste every single day.

“The Suva City Council (SCC), being the largest municipality, sends at least 80 per cent organic material,” he said.

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The GSB Interview with Colin Tetreault: Part II

By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog

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Colin Tetreault of Arizona State is both a Green-Sports visionary and top-level practitioner. This was made clear when he moderated the Thought Leader panel at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in June. Next up, thought leadership-wise, for Tetreault is a home game of sorts: the Sports & Sustainability Symposium at ASU this winter. GSB spoke with Tetreault in a two-part interview.

In Part I, Tetreault shared how his love for nature and Arizona State University led him to be a sustainability leader in Phoenix city government. Today’s Part II delves into Tetreault’s journey back to ASU, where is he is helping to turn the school into a Green-Sports leader.

We pick up the conversation as Colin Tetreault sums up his experience as Phoenix’ first sustainability director and then returned to Arizona State.

GSB: Kudos to you and your colleagues in Phoenix. You really made a difference! What did you do after the City began to embrace sustainability as a driver?

Colin: My job was to be a catalyst. By nature, catalysts drive change and then disappear. We hired a Chief Sustainability Officer and moved the full-time work to a great team in the City Management. That, in and of itself, was a statement on how the City shifted from where it had been two-years prior.

I went back to ASU, and that’s when the sustainability and sports link really began to accelerate. We began teaching a Sport & Sustainability class. Dawn Rogers, who was President and CEO of the 2017 Men’s Final Four in Phoenix, came to us and asked us “What should a mega-event like the Final Four do from a sustainability perspective?” Well, we went into overdrive, putting together a Sport and Sustainability Dream Team of state leaders with the goal of leaving a strong sustainability legacy for the city through the power of sport. Our focus was on Zero-Waste, renewable energy credits (RECS) and being water positive. On the latter, we worked with Bonneville EnvironmentalNorthern Arizona Forest Fund, and Salt River Project on an innovative water restoration program.

Read the full interview here.

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