IOE participates in second Sporting Chance Forum on Mega-sporting Events & Human Rights

[GENEVA, 4 December 2017] Last week's second Sporting Chance Forum demonstrated that business, sport and human rights go hand-in-hand and underlined the need for collective action to address human rights challenges in sport. The report of this Forum will be made available to IOE Members and Partners once published. Announced at the Forum was the commitment to establish an independent Centre for Sport & Human Rights in 2018. The new Centre will need to promote effective approaches to prevent, mitigate and remedy human rights impacts associated with sport. This work will need to be undertaken in full alignment with international human rights and related instruments, principles, and standards including the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights with its three pillars of Protect, Respect, and Remedy. It will need to uphold the ILO Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as the Sporting Chance Principles on Human Rights in Mega-Sporting Events. In the coming months more work will be done to define set up of the Centre, its mandate and its governance structure. The multi-stakeholder collaboration began with the Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, which started in 2015. In November 2015 the IOE, ITUC, ILO and OHCHR signed a joint statement, which outlined that sporting events should be planned and carried out with due respect for international human rights standards. The first Sporting Chance Forum was held in Washington DC in 2016, after the Wilton Park Conference on Human Rights and Mega-Sporting Events. The second Sporting Chance Forum held last week in Geneva and was hosted by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The Forum convened more than 150 leading government representatives, UN agencies, sports governing bodies, host cities, trade unions, NGOs, sponsors and broadcasters. For more information, please contact Peter Hall, Adviser or Linda Kromjong, IOE Secretary-General

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