The WFDF has joined the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action initiative ©Getty Images

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Sports for Climate Action initiative.

Five core principles are enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action framework, which calls on sporting organisations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change.

The WFDF will now aim to promote greater environmental responsibility, reduce the overall climate impact from sports, use its platform to educate for climate action, promote sustainable and responsible consumption and advocate for climate action through its communications.

The WDFF has also reaffirmed its sustainability agreement with International Fistball Association (IFA), first signed in 2017.

WFDF President Robert Rauch urged other International Federations to join the initiative. 

The WFDF hopes other sports organisations will follow them in joining the UNFCCC ©Facebook
The WFDF hopes other sports organisations will follow them in joining the UNFCCC ©Facebook

"Through collective action, all International Federations have the power to contribute tremendously to fight negative climate change," Rauch said. 

"WFDF has been working towards sustainability goals for several years and has, for example, required Organising Committees to include environmental aspects of responsibility at our WFDF sanctioned events.

"By signing the framework now as follow-up of our joint cooperation with our friends at IFA, we demonstrate our commitment to do our part to ensure that the sport follows a path to a low-carbon future. 

"As a consequence we hope our statement will inspire the flying disc community, all National Federations, athletes and players and fans worldwide to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming."

IFA President Jörn Verleger said he was "pleased" with the renewed agreement. 

"This is a fight we can and must win by all means to avoid significantly negative effects on the world climate and threatening the future of the next generations by the increased risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people," he said.

"We are extremely pleased to see this as a further step together with WFDF as a consequence of our Memorandum of Understanding which we signed in 2017."