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Monday, November 25 • 13:30 - 14:45
Human rights and the role of governments in bidding for and hosting mega sporting events

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Session organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Many countries and cities compete for the privilege and prestige of hosting mega-sporting events. Society from host countries and external stakeholders have high expectations on the conduct of how these events are organised and of the event organising committees and the local and national host governments themselves. Increasingly, human rights requirements, including UN’s International Bill of Rights, the ILO’s eight core conventions, and reference to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – are playing a more prominent role in both bidding criteria as well as in the event planning itself and its legacy. A successful mega-sporting event requires governments to work with many parties towards a shared vision. Long after an event is completed, its legacy impacts a range of stakeholders including the host nation, its workers, athletes and local communities. To succeed in delivering positive outcomes such as bringing vital infrastructure to a community, regenerating urban areas, protecting vulnerable groups, or encouraging youth to be more active in sport, it is increasingly well understood that governments should share learning with each other, as well as learning from other sectors and bodies of knowledge around implementing human rights due diligence.

Building on the work conducted by the newly-established Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the objective of this session is to learn from emerging good practice in this area and to encourage constructive dialogue in building capacity and addressing complex challenges facing host governments.

Moderators
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Mary Harvey

Chief Executive, Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Speakers
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Jin Sook Lee

Global Campaign Director, Building and Wood Workers’ International
Jin Sook Lee is the Global Campaign Director of the Building and Wood Workers’ International a global union federation with a membership of 12 million in the construction and building materials, wood and forestry, allied sectors in over 140 countries. As Global Campaign Director... Read More →
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Hassan Al Thawadi

Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the 2022 FIFA World Cup
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi is the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organisation responsible for coordinating amongst public and private entities to ensure that infrastructure and development projects are delivered in readiness for the 2022 FIFA... Read More →
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David Grevemberg

Chief Executive, Commonwealth Sport
DAVID GREVEMBERG CBEBiographyDavid Grevemberg CBE is Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the organisation responsible for the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and numerous other initiatives. Its vision is to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous... Read More →
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Barbara Schedler Fischer

Deputy Head of the Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Barbara Schedler Fischer took up her position as Deputy Head of the Human Security Division (in the rank of a Minister) at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in July 2018. She is responsible for human rights policy, humanitarian policy, foreign policy on migration and... Read More →


Monday November 25, 2019 13:30 - 14:45 CET
Room XIX