Diverse Coalition to Establish Centre for Sport & Human Rights in 2018

An unprecedented coalition of sports bodies, intergovernmental organisations, governments, athletes, hosts, sponsors, broadcasters, civil society representatives, trade unions, employers, and national human rights institutions have today unveiled plans to establish an independent Centre for Sport & Human Rights in 2018. Terre des Hommes is one of the stakeholders supporting this initiative aiming at human and child rights streamlined in the world of sports in general and around major sporting events in particular. 

Children's rights

The new Centre, backed by a diverse coalition known currently as the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform), will work to build a world of sport that protects, respects, and upholds the human rights of athletes, workers, communities, children, fans, volunteers, and the press, in order to realise the full power of sport.

Human rights and sport

The Centre will be mandated to work with all actors to build capacities to prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts associated with sport, share knowledge and lessons learned, and strengthen the mechanisms of remedy for people adversely impacted.

Sporting Chance Forum

The announcement was made today at the Sporting Chance Forum in Geneva, a high level gathering of 150 global leaders and experts on sport and human rights, hosted by the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, IHRB, and the MSE Platform. This is the second annual Forum, the only international event of its kind focused on galvanising collective action around human rights and sport.

Collective action in the world of sport

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is the honorary chair of the Forum. The Forum’s opening plenary session will include the participation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the Secretary General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Guy Ryder, and the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.

Commenting on the announcement, Mary Robinson, Chair of the MSE Platform, said:

“For decades, diverse organisations involved in sport have worked apart, limiting the potential to meaningfully tackle human rights abuses linked to sport and mega-sporting events. Over the last two years, our coalition has shown how this challenging subject can be addressed through new forms of cooperation. In 2018, collective action will become a permanent feature in the world of sport, through the creation of an independent Centre for Sport Human Rights.”

Children Win!

For many around the world, major sporting events like the FIFA World Cup or the Olympics are one big celebration. These events unite people all over the world, adults and children can enjoy together. But there is a downside to these mega sporting events. They affect the poor, local communities and their children in particular. With the international Children Win! campaign - change the rules of major events – Terre des Hommes addresses the social consequences for children from poor communities.

Learn more about Children Win >>


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