During its Women+Sustainability Conference held in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) on 19-20 November 2015, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) drafted a document based on the discussions of the various breakout and plenary sessions. “The Jerez Declaration” compiles a series of agreements and commitments on these highly topical areas which are of vital importance for our society as well as for our sport.
It is no coincidence that, the week after the Conference, 196 Nations gathered in Paris (France) at the COP21 to find concrete solutions to the crisis of climate change. It was clearly highlighted at the Conference that sustainability and equity are major topics that need to be addressed and placed on the sports agenda.
Sport plays a predominant role in society: it is a vehicle for values but also for change, capable of making attitudes evolve. Sport can become a powerful and influential platform and contribute to finding tangible solutions to the issues raised. Motorcycling is a means of transport but also a sport attracting masses and filling the world’s sporting calendar with a wide array of events open to men and women. It is a unique platform to convey the right messages and help to usher in change.
The FIM has a clear and defined strategic plan with three main key objectives that take into account the promotion of women in all motorcycling-related activities as well as contributing to sustainable development (17 goals of sustainable development) with, as the end target, the possibility of enjoying the magic of sport in harmony with nature and in a totally inclusive way.
To achieve the commitments listed in the Jerez Declaration, it is essential for all parties to work together in synergy and in the same direction. Active collaboration and cooperation with Continental Unions, National Federations, Promoters, Organisers, Sponsors, Teams as well as with Athletes and a wide range of Stakeholders is the key.
Two main commitments extracted from the Jerez Declaration command our special attention:
• Monitor and evaluate technological advances and good environmental practices and apply them as appropriate.
• Foster female participation in all spheres: administrative, sporting and technical.
Together with all like-minded sports and with the support of all our stakeholders, the FIM will be working steadily towards those goals in 2016 and beyond.