Vanuatu and VASANOC has been invited by the International Olympic Committee to pilot IOC's newly developed Sport Sustainability E-Learning Program beginning in 2013. 

This makes it only 1 or 2 NOC (out of 200+ NOCs) to be given this honor.

In an email to VASANOC President, Antoine Boudier, the Olympic Solidarity's said, "This tool is being developed primarily for NOCs and IFs, with the IOC (Olympic Games department) and SportAccord as principal supporting partners. The content providers are the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) and Positive Impact"

And added that, "The programme is relevant for both large and small NOCs, organizing committees and organizations, and aims to help them consider and integrate sustainability principles in the planning for and staging of sports events. The pilot phase will enable a small group of NOCs and IFs to test the programme, free of charge, and to shape its further development. For this purpose, IOC Games department has asked Olympic Solidarity to propose 1-2 NOCs for this pilot". 
VASANOC demonstrated some interest in this area through the organization of a seminar and the setting up of a Commission in recent years, it is potentially suitable candidate for the pilot phase, especially to ensure that the needs of NOCs that are starting out in this field and may not have dedicated expertise in-house are also taken into account.
VASANOC appreciates this recognition by the IOC and has already identified it's SDO, James Malau to coordinate this initiative on ground.


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