It was during the 119th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Guatemala City on 5 July 2007 that the IOC decided to create Youth Olympic Games (YOG), with the vision of a new event designed to inspire young people all around the world to do sport and adopt and live by the Olympic Values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship.
The event will bring together 1,059 top athletes aged 14 to 18 from over 60 nations to compete in the seven sports. As well as the sporting competitions themselves, these young athletes will also have the chance to participate in a Culture & Education Programme (CEP) designed to raise participants’ awareness of the Olympic Values and address topics including Olympism, skills development, well-being & healthy living, social responsibility and expression through digital media. With youngsters from the local region also invited to be a part of this cultural initiative, the CEP is set to be the platform for an intercultural exchange of opinions and experiences, transforming the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games into a unique festival of sport and culture.?
The goal of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to engage youth in sustainable development one conversation at a time as it strives to pass a ‘greener’ planet over to the next generation.
As part of the Culture and Education Programme of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, UNEP aims to educate and engage participants through a host of interactive sessions.