LAUSANNE, Switzerland - International Federations were introduced to the new Sport Sustainability E-Learning programme launched at the sixth annual International Federation (IF) Forum, which took place November 12-14 in Lausanne. 

The theme of the 2012 IF Forum, organised exclusively for delegates from the International Federations, was "Increasing the Positive Impact of Your Event through Sustainable Event Management." The Forum provided an overview of the current sports sustainability landscape by highlighting not only lessons from the Olympic Games but also the learnings of IFs in integrating sustainability into medium and smaller sized events. During two days of conference and workshop sessions, attendees shared concrete experiences, best practice, technical knowledge and practical tools.

The IF Forum is organised by SportAccord Convention in conjunction with SportAccord, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of Winter Olympic International Federations (AIOWF), with the support of the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud. This year's programme was shaped by SportAccord. 

During the Forum, as part of SportAccord's ongoing commitment to supporting its members, a pilot of a Sport Sustainability E-Learning programme was launched at Developed mainly for IFs and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the programme is an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and SportAccord as principal partners, with the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology and Technology (AISTS) and Positive Impact as content providers. 

The programme is available both online and in seminar format. Its content is relevant for both large and small federations, organising committees and all organisations involved in the planning for and staging of sports events. 

The Sport Sustainability E-Learning is a principal pillar of SportAccord's Sustainable Event Management Support, a five pillar strategy to support SportAccord members in making sustainability a key part of their organisations and events. SportAccord has developed turn-key services and tools in Training / Education, Implementation, Reporting, Assessment / Certification and Communication.

"It is SportAccord's firm belief that this year's Forum will be the start of an increased commitment of International Federations to managing the social, economic and environmental impact and opportunities of their events," said Vincent Gaillard, Director General of SportAccord. "By understanding the social and business potential of embracing sustainability, IFs stand to increase brand value, enhance positive social impact, minimise negative environmental impact and foster balanced, enduring growth."

The 2012 IF Forum, held at Lausanne's Mövenpick Hotel, drew support from the following Official Partners: City of Auckland, City of Edmonton, Eurosport, IFM Sports, JLT Sport with the City of Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud as Host City Partners for the Forum once again.