The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) was pleased to welcome UN deputy secretary-general Ms Amina J. Mohammed to our offices on 02 October. During her visit Ms Mohammed held various discussions with Tokyo 2020 COO Yukihiko Nunomura and other Tokyo 2020 members.
Tokyo 2020 explained to Ms Mohammed that discussions are progressing on various topics, including Tokyo 2020's Sustainable Sourcing Code, cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with regard to working environments and employee rights, and regarding the Tokyo 2020 medal project—one of Tokyo 2020's sustainability initiatives, whereby Olympic and Paralympic medals are being made from recycled consumer electronics such as mobile phones.
Ms Amina J. Mohammed commented at the meeting, “I'm very excited to be here. Our special interest is the framework for sustainability and integration of sustainable development goals, the whole notion and concept of ‘inclusion', and I'm sure that with your sustainability principles, Tokyo 2020 will be leaders in this field going forward. It's good to see that you are also collaborating with the ILO regarding good labour practices.”
Said Tokyo 2020 COO Yukihiko Nunomura, “In January 2017, Tokyo 2020 published Version One of its ‘Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan,' illustrating the direction and objectives of sustainability measures being implemented during preparations for the Games; our Sourcing Code was formulated shortly afterwards and submitted to the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee.
“Having worked on environmental and sustainability issues for some time, I am pleased to have this opportunity to meet with Ms Mohammed. I would like to continue our strong relationship with the UN beyond the Tokyo 2020 Games.”