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Diverse Coalition Commits to Making Human Rights Central to Mega-Sporting Events

20 June 2015.

Mega sporting events have the potential to help catalyze greater respect for human rights and international labour standards. The efforts of public and private actors involved in the delivery of these events contribute to a range of benefits including new jobs, improved infrastructure such as public transport and digital access, increased tourism and the promotion of healthy life styles. Each major sporting event has the potential to bring lasting positive social impacts.

At the same time, there are significant human rights risks and challenges at every stage of the lifecycle of a major sporting event.  More effective strategies are needed to prevent, mitigate and remedy abuses of human rights and labour standards associated with major sporting events, from planning through to legacy.

To address these challenges, a diverse group of stakeholders has come together to advance dialogue and cooperation. 

Download the statement in the panel to the right to learn more about the group's plans and aims.