Coalition commits to launch independent Centre for Sport & Human Rights in 2018.

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This morning at the Sporting Chance Forum, the coalition driving the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights announced their commitment to launch an independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights in 2018.
The unprecedented coalition includes sports bodies, intergovernmental organisations, governments, athletes, hosts, sponsors, broadcasters, civil society representatives, trade unions, employers and their associations, and national human rights institutions.
In a joint statement published today, the coalition notes:

"Our cooperation is rooted in the belief that ensuring respect for human rights across the world of sport and mega-sporting events cannot be achieved by individual organisations working alone. It instead requires joint action aimed at sharing knowledge, building capacity, and ensuring transparency and accountability.

This will help to build a world of sport that protects, respects, and upholds the human rights of those affected by sport, including athletes, workers, communities, children, fans, volunteers, and the press."

All organisations on the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights are committed to the establishment of a Centre in 2018 that responds to these needs.
Further details will be released throughout 2018. Follow IHRB for updates.
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The Sporting Chance Forum was opened today in Geneva with speeches from 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 all reflecting on the importance of human rights and sport.

The opening session was broadcast live and available below.

Heads of OHCHR, ILO, and IOC open the Sporting Chance Forum

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