Monte-Carlo, MC
broken clouds
7.6 ° C
11.7 °
2.8 °
12 °
14 °
13 °
12 °
12 °
Breaking News

Makeover of Casino Square to dramatically change the look of Monte Carlo

Olympic Committee meets with Monaco in NYC

Olympic Committee meets with Monaco in NYC

By Stephanie Horsman - December 12, 2019

From gender equality to carbon neutrality, the Olympic Committees are taking steps to face the challenges and changes affecting us all globally, and the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations played a large part by hosting a meeting to debate these hot topic issues.

Despite its vaunted position in the collective worldwide history, the Olympic Games of today are subject to the same scrutiny as any other large international event. To that end, the decision-makers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo met earlier this week in New York City to discuss and adopt measures pertaining to crucial subjects such as gender balance amongst athletes, the matter of the participation of a team of refugees, the use of recycled marine plastics as the construction material of choice for podium building and how to keep the Games as carbon neutral as possible.

The meeting was put on by the Group of Friends of Sport for Sustainable Development and was held at the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Thomas Bach, and the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mr. Yoshiro Mori, led the meeting and shared with the group these issues in advance of the UN General Assembly meeting to adopt the Olympic Truce. The IOC Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Luis Moreno, IOC member and President of the Inter-American Development Bank, were attending a meeting of the group for the first time.

Later, during the General Assembly meeting to adopt the Olympic Truce, an Ancient Greek tradition dating back to 776BC ensuring safe passage for athletes and spectators as well as guarantees the host city was shielded from attack, Japan expressed gratitude for the worldwide support after the Fukushima disaster of 2011 and went on to tell those present how the medals for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been fashioned from 80,000 tonnes of recycled mobile phones and other discarded electronics collected over a two year period.

Isabelle Picco, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the United Nations, spoke and gave her full support of the measures being taken by the Olympic Committee, especially those pertaining to gender equality and endorsement of public policies.

Additionally, she reminded those present of the ongoing contributions of the Permanent Mission to promote sustainable sport practices and development. She went on to wish the athletes good luck and expressed her hopes for the success of the Games.


Photo: Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends of Sport, HE Isabelle PICCO and Talal Al-KHALIFA, Chargé d’affaires of Qatar, surrounded by Dr. Thomas BACH and Mr. Yoshiro MORI, as well as Mr. Luis MORENO, during the meeting. 

Previous articleInterview: Victoria Silvstedt
Next articleNew study shows major gaps in ocean protection


Cassandra Tanti

China's Chimelong Group has participated as a partner in the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival for the first time ever, deepening the friendship between China and Monaco.

Cassandra Tanti

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has awarded the Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy to Douglas Jackson, President and CEO of Denver-based non-profit Project CURE.

January 24, 2020 | News

Two new summer concerts revealed

Cassandra Tanti

Music superstars Black Eyed Peas and Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited will be heading to Monaco to perform shows this summer, SBM has just announced.

January 24, 2020 | News

National Pact achieves a milestone

Cassandra Tanti

The Public Force has signed up to the National Pact, marking the 100th entity to commit to Monaco’s Energy Transition.