Environmental and economic sustainability, if referred to a sports event, are fundamental elements to define general parameters in terms of organization and economic impact on the community.
Up to some years ago, these factors were deemed secondary or their implementation was left to the choice of each country, according to its sensitivity. Now, the international community is building general platforms to develop and promote actions aiming at pursuing environmental sustainability.
The United Nations, the European Union and the International Olympic Committee have adopted documents, promoted actions and issued laws about environmental sustainability in their respective sectors. This principle, in view of technological evolution, is becoming more and more closely related to economic sustainability, meaning the ability to produce income and to preserve resources by activating new industrial cycles.
Sport is a significant sector where such elements can be highlighted even through the promotion of specific projects able to produce positive effects in terms of development of policies for sustainability by defining models, also ethic ones, of economic sustainability.
The conference with the Sports Ministers and the Presidents of the National Olympic Committees of the Small States of Europe will be a moment to deal with this matter also taking into consideration the different geographic conditions of the participants as well as their international relations with some supranational organizations.
Environmental and economic sustainability in a sports event is a strategic factor for success to be implemented in the national strategies of each country.
Technological innovations and their application to all the steps related to sports practice and events is the key element to achieve significant results in terms of protection of the environment and reduction of the impact of an event on the community where it takes place.
Then, if such practice is applied also to everyday professional sports activity, involving all the people participating in the process in a responsible way, the result may be that of triggering deep changes of which sport becomes a great vehicle.
The synergy between political and sports authorities and the relations between them and all private entities supporting the world of sport, are the direction to follow in the development of actions to pursue such goal, even in view of the obligations which the international community has accepted in the last years. The Games of the Small States of Europe may be a workshop where countries which are different from a geographic point of view, but similar in terms of size of their territory and with solid sports relations, may discuss and try solutions and models aiming at making the Games more and more sustainable.
The Sports Ministers of the Small States of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino, The Presidents of the National Olympic Committees of the Small States of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino, met in San Marino for the 17th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe to discuss environmental and economic sustainability, in view of the guidelines detailed in the 2030 agenda of the United Nations; paying great attention to the strategy worked out by the International Olympic Committee as for sustainability, hereby confirm that sustainability is a primary strategic factor for the definition of sports policies.
They commit to increase the cooperation between their national institutions and National Olympic Committees so that sustainability is considered as a strategic factor by the Organizing Committees and National Olympic Committees of the countries participating in the Games of the Small States of Europe.
The Sports Ministers of the Small States of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino, and the Presidents of the National Olympic Committees of the Small States of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino, deem it a priority to work out a specific platform for sustainability in the period 2017 – 2019 and implement it through periodical discussions between the representatives of the countries participating in the Games of the Small States of Europe. Such concept shall be given suitable visibility also by way of public actions at a national and international level.
San Marino, 29th May 2017