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DOha- Qatar | 2011 April 30 - MAy 2ong>WCSEong>Bulletintuesday, May 3, 2011‘Engage ong>youthong> ong>forong>greener future’‘We’ve raisedthe bar onourselves’was one of the biggest eventsthe country has ever hosted. We’re“Thisthankful to our dear delegates andguests, who helped us make this conference agrand success.ong>Theong> number of participants exceeded 1,400,including delegates, media, speakers and others.It was far beyond our wildest imagination. ong>Theong>rewas attendance from more than 80 countries andover 70 speakers were on the dais. We considerthis as an outstanding achievement.We’ve just raised the bar on ourselvesregarding organisation of future events. Qatarhas never shied away from organising megacompetitions in the past. Rest assured, we’ll bidto host bigger events and conferences in thefuture.And we’re also not interested in just hostingsuch conferences routinely. We took care toinclude topics of local and regional interests atthe ong>WCSEong>. Qataris also actively took part in it.ong>Theong>y were among the panelists and delegates.Some students from the Qatar University alsomade their presence felt. I feel the event hadrepresentation from almost all sections of Qatarisociety.I once again thank the International OlympicCommittee ong>forong> giving us a chance to hold such animportant event. I’m of the firm belief that we’vedone it to the best of our abilities.We remain open to more such programmesin the future. Thank you, everyone, ong>forong> comingto Doha. You’re welcome to visit anytime in thefuture.Ma’salama, have a safe trip. God bless you all.Khaleel Al Jabir,Deputy Chairman, Local Organising Committee,ong>Worldong> ong>Conferenceong> on Sport and the Environment.Photo/Shahjahan Moidinong>Theong> three-day conference on sport and environment, held underthe theme ‘Playing ong>forong> a Greener Future’, concluded with anofficial resolution to adopt the Doha Declaration.N Ganeshong>Theong> International OlympicCommittee’s (IOC) ong>Worldong> ong>Conferenceong>on Sport and the Environment(ong>WCSEong>), which concluded in Doha onMonday, upheld the importance of furtherengaging the ong>youthong> ong>forong> a greener future.In its declaration, it also stressed the needto build effective partnership as a drivingong>forong>ce to achieve sustainable development.“Young people play an important rolein society and promoting sustainabledevelopment. To inspire young peoplearound the world to participate in sports,and adopt and live by the Olympic ideals,the IOC established the Youth OlympicGames (YOG). ong>Theong> Ninth ong>WCSEong> noteswith satisfaction the highly successfulYOG of Singapore, and the fact that theIOC engaged several partners to providecultural and educational experiences atthese Games,” the declaration stated.It asked the various national Olympiccommittees to raise awareness ofsustainability among the ong>youthong>, andconsider promoting and supportinginitiatives that engage the ong>youthong>,particularly in underprivilegedcommunities.Regarding partnerships, the conferenceasked the IOC to develop a platong>forong>mong>forong> sharing good practices to enrich theexisting national and local contributionsto the wider sustainability goals.“Next year marks the 20th anniversaryof the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio deJaneiro, and this conference has madeit clear ong>forong> all to see just how far we’vecome since then. While we can be proudof our achievements, we’ve also learntthat there’s no time ong>forong> complacency. Weowe it to future generations to continueto promote our green agenda and ensureenvironmental sustainability in sport, andI think we’ve taken a big step towardsthat with the Doha Declaration,” saidIOC President Jacques Rogge at a Pressconference.IOC Sport and Environment CommissionChairman Dr Pal Schmitt, while makingthe final statement, echoed the view andsaid the conference was held at the rightplace, at the right time.“It’s a year ahead of the Rio+20 EarthSummit. Qatar is one of the mostimportant places as this country hasenvironmental sustainability as one of thekey points of the Qatar National Vision2030,” he said.Qatar Olympic Committee SecretaryGeneral Sheikh Saoud bin AbdulrahmanAl Thani was satisfied.“I’ve been delighted with the qualityof this conference, and outstandingcontributions that’ve been made by thespeakers and so many of the delegates,”he said.“For us in Qatar, the theme of‘Playing ong>forong> a Greener Future’ isreal and meaningful. It reflects theconcrete commitments we’ve made inQatar National Vision 2030 to deliverpractical steps towards environmentalsustainability,” he added.