Invitation for Comments on “Sustainability Themes for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 (draft)”
The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held from July to September 2020. Building on three concepts “Achieving a Personal Best”, “Unity in Diversity” and “Connecting to Tomorrow(1)” , the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is advocating that “Sport has the power to change the world and our future” as its vision. In order to optimize the Games with finite resources and environment, and to create “a Better Tomorrow”, it is essential to ensure the integrity of, and embed the concept and principle of, sustainability, being harmonized as a social value, in the entire event lifecycle of the Games.
It is said that if the current rate of carbon dioxide emission and over-use of natural resources would last, more than two Earths would be required by 2030(2). Also, from economic, social and ethical points of view, arising human rights and labour issues need to be addressed in the context of economic globalization, along with solutions for how to live and work together with people from diverse backgrounds(3). The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 should be able to contribute to such fundamental tasks. We believe that the Olympic movement has the power to change society for the better, and sport has the power to guide people in the right way. From this perspective, the Group of Experts for the Games has studied and produced the draft “Sustainability Themes for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020”, and would like to invite public comments on the document.
All comments received during the public consultation will be considered by the Group of Experts, and the final results will be submitted to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
(1)The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Vision http://tokyo2020.jp/jp/vision/
(2)WWF. Living One Planet 2012. 2012. p.6. http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/1_lpr_2012_online_full_size_single_pages_final_120516.pdf
(3)OECD. Data. http://www.oecd.org/tokyo/statistics/#d.en.248016
Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare. 2013 Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions II: Household Income. 2014. P18. http://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/saikin/hw/k-tyosa/k-tyosa13/dl/03.pdf
Sustainability Themes for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 (draft)
2. Access to the document
The document is available via the CRT Japan website: http://crt-japan.jp/en/
Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 24, 2015 (Japan time)
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We appreciate your comments on A), B) and C):
A) Please select the three most important sustainability themes from eight listed below and state reasons as precisely as possible. If there are any additional elements, please specify them also.
B) Please state if there are any other themes that should be considered for sustainable Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Kindly add the reasons why they should be more emphasized as specifically as possible.
C) Please give any comments freely on this documents.
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Members of the Group of Experts for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
(in alphabetical order)
Director, Tokyo Local of Japanese Trade Union Confederation
Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan
DCS., Chairperson of the Group of Experts for Sustainable Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Reitaku University
Japan Director, Human Rights Watch
Director, Caux Round Table Japan
Attorney at law, Field-R Law Offices
Director, Department of Sport Information and International Relations, Japan Sport Council
Attorney at law, Field-R Law Offices
President, Center for Human Rights Education and Training