The FIFA 2018 Sustainability Strategy was unveiled in St. Petersburg by the Russia’2018 Organizing Committee and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), TASS reports.
Presenting the strategy were FIFA’s Head of Sustainability Federico Addiechi, Director of Sustainable Development on the Russia’2018 Organizing Committee Milana Verkhunova, and Yuri Boychenko, Chief of Anti-Discrimination Section at UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
“This strategy has become an integral part of World Cup preparation,” said FIFA’s Head of Media Delia Fischer. “The premiere strategy was drafted as far back as 2012 for the UN Sustainable Development Conference. Its outputs were published in a report, prepared by independent experts.”
Various sections of the strategy are devoted to the construction and operation of stadiums and attendant infrastructure according to the “Green” standard (the least impact on the environment), the volunteer movement, social development, and propagation of healthy living in Russia.
One part of the strategy, the initiative for separate waste disposal and recycling, will kick off during the Preliminary Draw on 25 July at Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. The idea is to mitigate the adverse environmental impact of the 2018 World Cup through better waste management, and promote the dissemination of environmental best practice and sustainability principles.