As part of the UN's International Year of Sport and Physical Education, the Sixth World Conference on Sport and Environment will be held in Nairobi on November 9-11. The event will be attended by leading sports and environment specialists. The conference organized by UNEP and International Olympic Committee (IOC) will also outline priority issues on sport and environment and address relevant strategies and policy guidelines for the following two years. The UN statement on the event said "The purpose of the conference will be to analyze progress made in sport and environment generally, and in the Olympic Movement in particular. It will discuss major themes related to policy support, strengthening of partnerships, developments and research." via Xinhua News Agency.Sports stars such as gold medalist Frankie Fredericks, soccer star Roger Milla, "King of the Mile" Hicha El-Gourouji, and track champion Trunesh Dibaba are among leading sports personalities at the conference.
The conference follows on from the one held in Turin, Italy, in December 2003, where delegates from all five continents shared experiences and ideas on sustainable development in and through sport, and how it could be better promoted and achieved.