Paris2024 declared the winner: French diplomacy mobilized [fr]
On Wednesday 13 September 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Paris to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Los Angeles for 2028.
Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler writes:
It’s official. Paris will host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are all happy.
I have long believed Paris was the right choice for three reasons that have resonated with New Zealanders and Games fans around the world.
A sustainable games
The Paris games will embody France’s push for environmental excellence.
Our strategy includes cutting the games’ carbon footprint by 55 per cent compared to the London 2012 Olympic Games, ensuring the Games venues are powered by renewable and recovered energy sources and getting 100 per cent of spectators to their venues via public transport and active mobility. The compact site design means 85 per cent of athletes will be accommodated within 30 minutes of their competition venue.
Building on the momentum of the Paris Agreement, these games will move faster, aim higher and build stronger protections for our shared planet than any before.
A sound plan
With 95% of the facilities already built or only temporary, Paris 2024 will need to build just two types of facilities: the athletes’ and media villages and the aquatic centre, thus ensuring a responsible and controlled budget. After the games, the village will become a new, mixed eco-neighbourhood with schools, shops and a variety of accommodation.
Paris has a strong track record of hosting major events like the COP21, UEFA Euro 2016 and the World Men’s Handball Championship.
With unique heritage and hospitality expertise, Paris and France are the world’s top tourist destinations. In 2024, the centenary of the 1924 Paris Olympics, the entire city will become an Olympic Park, with iconic locations like the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Champs-Élysées and the Château de Versailles providing the backdrop to some spectacular Olympic and Paralympic moments.
A shared vision
The Paris 2024 Games will be based on the concept of sharing. These Games aim to build a more inclusive and united society, both in France and beyond. They will take place in the heart of our global capital and drive a celebration of sport around the world.
Inspired and led by the sports movement, the Paris 2024 vision has also unified the city. It has the support of 77 per cent of the French public. It also has French sportspeople everywhere, all levels of government, the business world, associations and many NGOs standing right behind it.
I know New Zealanders’ passion and great sporting success will contribute to this fantastic shared celebration of sport.
See you in Paris.
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