In the Statement of Principles and Values,
the Forum makes a commitment to sustainability as one
of its three core themes and takes on an active role
to ensure consistency in its application.
Defense of biodiversity by means of the protection and improvement of environmental
quality, together with the conservation and rational use of natural resources
The need for a social, economic and institutional network that is socially responsible
and committed to equitable and technologically sustainable economic growth
Particular attention must be given to sustainable development of urban areas from
an environmental, social, cultural and economic standpoint.
Through the Statement of Principles
and Values, the Forum, its participants and its contributors
make a commitment to follow Codes of Conduct
based on the following criteria throughout the organization's
different areas and stages:
Following sustainability principles in all design, organization and execution
All institutions participating in the Forum must sign a statement of ethical,
social and environmental principles based on a series of international standards.
The Forum environmental management system focuses on
taking preventive measures and mitigating the impact
of the activities involved in all stages of the event:
design, planning, organization, execution and dismantling,
in order to avoid the potentially negative effects on
the environment —water, waste, energy, transportation
and use of materials.
The celebration of a large-scale event, like so many
other human endeavors, has an influence on the environment.
The Forum environmental management system stresses the
importance of prevention and mitigation,
while fostering transparent access to information.
· Starting from the design stage, the most significant
effects on the environment are evaluated for each individual
project, and potential preventive measures are analyzed.
· An in-house awareness and best practices strategy
is implemented throughout all the organization's efforts.
· A specific Containerless Forum project has
been proposed concerning the use of bottles and cans,
calling for active participation from all visitors.
· Non-polluting public transportation is being
Waste and Energy Use
· Responsible use of products and materials is
being supported, particularly those that are non-polluting
· There is a focus on reducing waste, concerning
both volume and danger, throughout all the organizational
stages, including dismantling after the event.
· Recycling of products and materials for other
uses is being supported.
· Participants are encouraged to use water sparingly
as well as energy for shipping and transportation.
· Transparent access to information is provided.
Access to Information
A set of environmental indicators has been designed for the Forum. These indicators will make possible the daily assessment of the environmental management of the event.
The application of a system of environmental indicators at the Forum has a dual purpose: to act as an internal support tool for the environmental-management process, and to provide environmental information so that compliance with commitments made in the sustainability area may be evaluated.
This set of environmental indicators, which affect all of the different events and phases of activity, can be divided into three categories:
· Basic indicators
These indicators include water and energy consumption, the types of materials used, etc., and are designed to demonstrate the effects of the impact-reduction measures adopted by the Forum. This group also includes the results of the generation, treatment and disposal of waste and, among other things, emission levels for the transportation of goods and people.
· Environmental-management indicators
This category includes all of the indicators derived from the process of organizing, planning events, performing administration tasks, training human resources, etc., as well as internal and external communication activities.
The preparation and analysis of these indicators will make it possible to evaluate the Forum's environmental-management system.
· Environmental-quality indicators
Within the framework of the urban area where the events will take place, and in collaboration with local institutions, the environmental indicators will encompass different elements of qualitative recognition of the physical environment: the status of the air, the coast, and the noise levels present in the area.