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Nota: El Último Juego se pospuso para abril de 2020. Junto con nuestro embajador para las regiones polares, Slava Fetisov, celebraremos en el año 2019 una secuencia de eventos y partidos preparatorios que culminarían con el juego en el Polo Norte. Se publicarán aquí los planes actualizados del evento.

El Ártico es uno de los ecosistemas más frágiles de la Tierra. En esta región el aumento de temperatura duplica la tasa promedio del resto del planeta y el cambio climático afecta de forma desproporcionada. 

Para atraer la atención mundial y sumar esfuerzos contra la desaparición de las regiones polares, ONU Medio Ambiente está organizando "El Último Juego de hockey en el Polo Norte", en colaboración con la Fundación República del Deporte y con el apoyo de Grid Arendal.

El evento, que se celebrará en el Polo Norte en abril de 2019, está encabezado por el legendario jugador ruso de hockey sobre hielo Viacheslav Fetisov, embajador para las regiones polares de ONU Medio Ambiente.

Este juego simbólico de hockey sobre hielo tiene como objetivo involucrar a una gran diversidad de actores femeninos y masculinos, incluidos atletas de diferentes disciplinas y países, así como pueblos indígenas y jóvenes del Ártico. El evento unirá al deporte y el medio ambiente como agentes de paz.

El contexto del Último Juego:

  • El cambio climático en el Ártico ya tiene un gran impacto en el ecosistema y en las personas que viven en la región. Además, tiene efectos en otras regiones del planeta, por ejemplo, el aumento del nivel global del mar, el deshielo del permafrost (que libera metano a la atmósfera), así como inundaciones y sequías en áreas densamente pobladas como Asia y África.
  • Con el acelerado deshielo en el Ártico han surgido planes para explorar nuevas oportunidades económicas, como aprovechar nuevas rutas marítimas y establecer operaciones de extracción y perforación.
  • Estos desarrollos potenciales amenazan las condiciones prístinas del Ártico.

Los objetivos del Último Juego:

  • Demostrar que el Ártico es muy frágil e importante para el bienestar de todas las personas en el planeta.
  • Destacar el valor de la colaboración, la amistad y la paz.
  • Llamar la atención sobre la rapidez del calentamiento global, que está cambiando la cara del Ártico de tal forma que puede llegar a estar casi libre de hielo durante el verano de 2040 (de allí el título del evento).
  • Mostrar las posibilidades de celebrar eventos deportivos con un impacto ambiental mínimo, incluso en un entorno tan extremo.

El Último Juego en sí:

  • Habrá dos capitanes liderando dos equipos de jugadores diversos, desde profesionales legendarios hasta novatos absolutos, incluidas personalidades de renombre de diferentes campos, pueblos indígenas y jóvenes del Ártico.
  • Viacheslav Fetisov, embajador de las regiones polares de ONU Medio Ambiente, será uno de los capitanes.
  • No habrá ganadores oficiales o perdedores, pero el Ártico saldrá triunfante.

La logística del Último Juego:

  • El Último Juego solo puede acomodar a una cantidad muy limitada de personas por razones medioambientales y logísticas, por lo que no se llevará a ningún espectador al Polo Norte.
  • Sin embargo, el juego se emitirá en todo el mundo y numerosos medios de comunicación globales ya están haciendo fila para su participación y la cobertura.
  • A pesar de la complejidad operativa, el objetivo es garantizar que el evento tenga el mínimo impacto ambiental en el Polo Norte y que se compensen todas las emisiones de CO2 inevitables asociadas con la preparación y celebración del juego.  

Slava Fetisov Vyacheslav Fetisov
Legendary ice hockey player and UN Environment Patron for the Polar Regions

Vyacheslav Fetisov’s main achievements have taken place on ice. Born in Moscow in 1958, this legendary Soviet ice hockey player is considered one of the best defensemen in the history of ice hockey. 

He has won all the major hockey trophies… and not just once. He has been World Champion seven times and nine times European Champion. He has won two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal. He won the USSR’s Championship thirteen consecutive years from 1977. In North America, he won the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Stanley Cup twice as a player and once as the coach of the NJ Devils. Vyacheslav Fetisov has been inducted to the National Hockey League and the International Ice Hockey Federation Halls of Fame. 

imageAnnie Thorisdottir

Annie Thorisdottir is a professional CrossFit athlete from Reykjavík, Iceland. Annie is the first woman to win the CrossFit Games twice (in 2011 and 2012). She placed second in the 2010 and 2014 CrossFit Games and third at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Annie has a background in gymnastics, ballet, and pole vaulting. She is the co-owner of Crossfit Reykjavik, where she also coaches and trains.

 

 

 

imageJohann Koss
Norwegian Olympic speed-skating champion, Founder of Right To Play International and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Norwegian speed skater Johann Koss is considered to be one of the greatest winter Olympians of all time. He has won four Olympic gold medals. 1994 was his standout year when he won three gold medals as well as setting three world records at the Olympic Games! He was also crowed world champion on three occasions.In addition, he is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur: In 2000, he founded the Right To Play NGO which currently operates in more than 20 countries reaching two million children each week. He also worked as UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Today Johann is leading Waratah Capital Advisors’ Environmental, Social and Governance initiative.

imageJari Kurri 

Kurri was named General Manager of Jokerit during the 2013-14 season. He's in charge of leading the club's sports department alongside Director of Player Personnel Janne Vuorinen. During Kurr's time as GM, Jokerit has made the KHL playoffs in all four seasons since 2014-15. From 2002 until 2006 Kurri was an assistant coach in the Finnish national team and was named GM of Team Finland after that. During Kurri's time Finland won gold in the IIHF World Championships in 2011, Olympic silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010. The Finns also reached the final of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and got silver in the 2007 and 2014 World Championships as well as bronze in 2006 and 2008.

Kurri, a Jokerit junior player in his youth, has represented the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Colorado Avalanche in the NHL. Kurri won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and played a total of 1251 regular season games in the NHL scoring 601 goals and 1398 points altogether. He's the third-leading scorer among European players in the league's history behind Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selänne. In Jokerit, Kurri won the European Cup during the 1994-95 season. In the national team he got silver in the 1994 World Championships and bronze in the 1998 Olympics. Kurri's famous number 17 has been retired by Jokerit, the Finnish national team and Edmonton Oilers.

 

imageDerek Whitson

Derek Whitson is a two-time Canadian Paralympian in the sport of Para ice hockey. Derek was born in Ontario, Canada with cerebral palsy that affected both of his legs. He was a part of the 2013 World Para Ice Hockey Championships gold medal winning team and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games bronze medal team. Whitson also was a goaltender with Canada’s seven-a-side football team.

He competed at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro earning a bronze medal for Canada. As a retired athlete, Derek now has a passion for bringing parasport to the next generation of athletes with impairment. He is also a big advocate of gender equality in sport through his work as the assistant coach of the Canadian Women’s National Para Ice Hockey Team.

 

imageDr René Fasel 
The referee of the Last Game

Dr René Fasel was elected IIHF President in June 1994 at the Congress in Venice. A dentist by trade, Fasel was born on 6 February 1950 in Fribourg, Switzerland. He played for HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the amateur division before moving into international refereeing.As a referee, he officiated in 37 international games. In 1985, Fasel became president of the Swiss Ice Hockey Association, and in 1986 was elected as IIHF Council member. 

When René Fasel became Dr Sabetzki's successor as IIHF President, the world federation steeped in tradition entered a new era. The new President was anxious to establish a closer contact with the professional organizations in North America and consolidated the relations between IIHF and NHL. It is thanks in no small part to René Fasel's efforts that in 1998, at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, the NHL’s top professional players competed for the first time at an Olympic Games. The integration of In-Line Hockey into the IIHF and the foundation of the European Hockey League were other long-term projects realized during Fasel's presidency. Learn more

 

imageMichael Thomas Richter 
A Hall of Fame, Stanley Cup Champion, World Champion, Olympic Medalist hockey goalie. 

He is widely considered to be one of the most successful American-born goaltenders of all time and was consistently ranked among the world's top goaltenders. 

His environment credentials and accomplishments are equally superlative. 

Richter was awarded a degree from Yale University  in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy.

He is a founding partner at Healthy Planet Partners, a sustainable power finance and consulting group, and Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity fund focusing on resource efficiency.[4] Richter serves on the Board of Directors for Riverkeeper, the Board of Trustees for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Sierra Club.[5] He collaborates with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in their effort to bring the best ecological practices to the sports industry. He  launched Athletes for a Healthy Planet, dedicated to fostering the connections between environmental issues, human health, economy, social justice, and well-being.

He is the chairman of the Aspen Institute's Sport and Society Program dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of athletic participation in society. He is the NHL Ambassador to Beyond Sport, an NGO chaired by Tony Blair, whose mission is to use the power of sport to promote social change.

Reportajes

Noticias

Alejandro Laguna, Oficial Regional de Información, Europa.
E: laguna[at]un.org
T: +41-22-917-8404

Jan Dusik, Asesor Principal de ONU Medio Ambiente para el Ártico y la Antártida.
E: jan.dusik[at]un.org
T: +41-22-917-83-31