Established on 11 November 1999, GSA is now entering its sixth year. It was the success of the Tennis Forum in 1998 that provided the stimulus for establishing GSA as an initiative driven by sports enthusiasts for tackling global environmental problems.
Once established, GSA began organizing sports events that carried environmental themes, such as "Eco de Spo", and after forming a partnership with UNEP organized the first Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE) in 2001, as well as the "Dream Match"--a soccer friendly between the Brazil national squad and Tokyo Verdi 1969 with a strong environmental message.
The Ecoflag project went into full swing in 2002 and in three short years has spread worldwide, being flown at sporting events-from school sport days to World Championships-in conjunction with simple environmental actions.
The second G-ForSE was held in 2003 and a special G-ForSE held in 2004 in Pakistan that focused primarily on the sporting goods industry.
2005 saw our greatest cooperation to date with the Sports Summit for the Environment (SSE) 2005. The event further sealed our partnerships with UN agencies such as UNEP and UNESCO, and these were two of the 14 international organizations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA, that joined GSA in signing the Joint Declaration on Sport and the Environment.
GSA will be actively promoting this Joint Declaration in 2006 and will be working to increase the number of local GSA Teams around the world. We are sincerely grateful for all the support we have received in promoting the Ecoflag Movement worldwide and hope for your continued support and cooperation.
The attached photo is from the press conference held on 22 February 2000, announcing GSA's establishment.