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Reflections from the 2018 Sporting Chance Forum

Commentary, 23 January 2019

2018 SCF audience

The 2018 Sporting Chance Forum brough together 250 high-level delegates from a broad range of stakeholders to drive progress toward a world of sport that fully respects human rights. 

Representatives of affected groups, sports bodies, governments, trade unions, sponsors, NGOs, broadcasters, NHRIs, and intergovernmental organisations came together in Paris at UNESCO, the UN’s lead agency for Physical Education and Sport, under the backdrop of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Hosted this year by the new Centre for Sport and Human Rights, UNESCO, and IHRB, the Forum focused on the rights and remedies of all participants in sport - including a special spotlight on survivors of sexual abuse, athletes, workers, fans, journalists, children, and communities. 

As a follow up to the event, a series of participants at the Forum have given their take on the impact and outcomes of the discussions. Here they share their priorities on where the future work of the Centre should focus in order to support or improve the human rights of those affected by sport. 

Lucy Amis
Jonas Baer Hoffman
Zhan Chiam
Andreas Graf
Maggie Murphy
Niels de Fraguier
Courtney Radsch
Nicole Rodriguez
Sylvia Schenk
Conrad Smith
Matthias Thorns
Andy Spalding
Ambet Yuson
Mahmoud Qutub
Daniela Heerdt
Suad Galow

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