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Glasgow 2014: XX Commonwealth Games

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The XX edition of the Games will take place in Scotland from 23 July-3 August 2014.

The mission

The Organising Committee’s mission is to organise and deliver the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in a way that fully realises the aspirations of the Glasgow bid and the contractual obligations of the Host City Contract, on time and on budget.

The vision

The Organising Committee’s vision is to stage an outstanding, athlete centred and sport focused Games of world-class competition which will be celebrated across the Commonwealth, generate enormous pride in Glasgow and Scotland, and leave a lasting legacy.

The values

The Commonwealth Games is an inclusive organisation which epitomises the values of integrity, responsibility and endeavour and in which all its people are valued. It will engage all Games partners in the spirit of trust and openness. It will be passionate in its work, and encourage flair and creativity in all that it does.

Legacy

The Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting talent. But success won’t just be measured in medals. It’ll be measured in jobs and the development of businesses. And it’ll be measured in the number of people getting active and making use of the facilities available in their communities.

Through these Games, the Committee has an unique opportunity to deliver a lasting legacy and there are numerous opportunities for people, businesses, organisations and communities in Glasgow and across the whole of Scotland to get involved as the excitement builds.

Let’s start with a surprising fact − the 2014 Commonwealth Games will mostly take place in venues that already exist. In fact, around 70% of the venues are there right now – like Hampden Park and the Scottish Exhibition Centre complex. Indeed, rather than go to the likely huge expense of building a new stadium, they adopted to temporarily turn Hampden Park from a football stadium into an elite athletics stadium to host track and field and the Games’ Closing Ceremony. That’s big news. Even using the latest techniques, it’s hard to build from scratch and meet the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

By reusing what they’ve got, the Games is already off to a flying start.

It’s about the day-to-day decisions too. That’s why they’re working with the events industry, government and local people – so that they make the right decisions.

How they intend to deal with waste from the Games is just one example. By setting high standards, and looking to minimise the waste that will be produced, they’re helping pioneer new ways of working.

And where they can, they’re measuring the environmental impact of a huge range of their work through implementing the recommendations set out in the Games’ Strategic Environmental Assessment.