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Past events

  • Thu
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Terre des Hommes will attend the 'Sporting Chance Forum' in Geneva to discuss human and child rigths around Mega Sporting Events.

    Discover more about the Sporting Chance Forum in this interview with IHRB CEO, John Morrison.

    IHRB, the U.S. Department of State, and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs are co-hosting the global “Sporting Chance Forum on Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights” on 13th-14th October 2016 in Washington, D.C.

    Sport has a unique capacity to inspire humanity, and mega-sporting events (MSE) have great potential to positively impact the lives of people in the countries that host them.  But such large-scale events also involve significant risks to human rights and labor rights. After years of rising public concern in the arena of major global sports tournaments new collaborative efforts are needed.

    With this in mind, the Forum will convene more than 130 senior officials, executives, and experts to highlight and devise effective strategies to address the human rights challenges associated with mega-sporting events at every stage of the event lifecycle, from planning through legacy. Throughout the two-day event, participants will: highlight the human rights challenges associated with mega-sporting events; take stock of efforts to promote learning and capacity building of the actors involved, and; explore ways to develop more comprehensive, consistent and inclusive approaches to managing them.

    The Forum is by invitation only, but the Opening Session of the Forum will be live streamed.

    The Forum will be opened by Martina Navratilova, legendary Czech-American tennis champion, coach, and advocate for LGBTI and women’s rights.

    Ms. Mary Robinson—former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights—will serve as the honorary chair of the Forum.

    The Opening Session will feature presentations from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Virginia Bennett, Swiss Deputy State Secretary Alexandre Fasel, International Labor Organization Deputy Director-General, Greg Vines, International Olympic Committee Member Anita DeFrantz, Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg, and UNI World Athletes President Don Fehr.

    The Opening Session will also introduce the Sporting Chance Forum Principles on Respect for Human Rights in Mega-Sporting Events. These Principles – put forward by the Forum co-organisers – aim to underpin the common goal of ensuring that mega-sporting events showcasing the best in humanity are built on respect for human rights throughout their lifecycle.

  • Tue

    Marc Joly, head of the ‘Children Win’ campaign at the international child rights organisation Terre des Hommes, is a keynote speaker at the Host City 2017 event in Glasgow. Marc will speak about the progress made over the last year by sports governing bodies in the field of human rights and Mega Sporting Events, and the challenges they now face in implementing newly-created policies and safeguards in the future.

    Marc also will speak on a panel, alongside executives from the IOC and Commonwealth Games, discussing ‘The biggest issues influencing hosting decisions’.


    Host City is one of the largest international meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events. For its fourth edition, Host City on 'Bringing Major Event Opportuniteis to Cities and Suppliers of al Sizes'.

    Read the agenda here.

    One content stream will focus on the opportunities and issues around mega events, which require sustainable investments in design, infrastructure, technology, security and event management. Organising committee directors will share best practice and discuss opportunities with the world’s leading solutions providers.

    A second content stream will address cities and events of all kinds – from major sports championships and scientific congresses to culture and entertainment. Cities and rights holders will have the unique opportunity to highlight their own strengths and requirements to ensure the best fit and return on investment when hosting events.

    In addition, a programme of structured networking will make sure that all delegates have the maximum opportunity to meet a great number of their influential counterparts and establish new friendships.

  • Mon
    Geneva, United Nations

    The annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is “Realizing Access to Remedy”. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.

    More information about the Forum can be found here.

  • Tue
    Aula IDHEAP, Unil Campus, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Terre des hommes/ Children Win will be attending the Sport Future Rendez Vous 2017 organized by Think Sport.
















    Tuesday 9th May 2017


    The digital revolution has brought us e-sports, social media, big data, virtual reality, and cloud technology – all of which are now used regularly to transform sport performance, enhance the running of organisations, and improve spectator and fan involvement. This session looks at how sport governing bodies are impacted and challenged (even disrupted) by these technological innovations.

    15:15 Introduction to the topic by Emmanuel Bayle, UNIL-ISSUL professor
    15:30 - 16:00  Keynote by Claude Ruibal, Infront Sports & Media
    Executive Director of Digital Production
    16:15 - 17:45  Interactive discussion ( led by Callum Murray, Sportcal ) with :
    Matthieu Dallon, Webedia e-sports Strategy Director, French e-Sports Federation President
    Alex Sanchez, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3x3 Managing Director
    Susanne Schödel, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI General Secretary
    Horesh Ben Shitrit, Second Spectrum Director of Computer Vision Products
    Coffee break
    18:15 - 18:45 New ideas : Their dissertations in 3 minutes
    Olivier Mutter, UNIL-IDHEAP, Nadège Rochat, UNIL-ISSUL, Adrien Schopfer, UNIL-ESC, Frederic Stucky, UNIL-ISSUL.
    19:00 - 19:30 Patrick K. Magyar, Interface Marketing AG President, The past and future of sport
    19:35 Drinks and standing dinner

    * Programme subject to change


    Wednesday 10th May 2017


    In an attempt to de ne a new sportsmanship for the 21st century, this session confronts the integrity issue. How can the many positive elements of sport education, health, development, interaction, integration – better contend with the more negative aspects that frequently make news headlines – doping, matchxing, illegal betting, corruption, violence, gigantism, etc.?

    09:00 - Introduction to the topic by Jean-Loup Chappelet, UNIL-IDHEAP professor
    09:15 - 09:45 Keynote by Bengt KayserUNIL-ISSUL professor of Physiology, Sports ethics
    Coffee break
    10:15 - 11:45 Interactive discussion (led by Callum Murray, Sportcal) with:
    Giovanni Di Cola, International Labour Organization Special Adviser
    Emilio Garcia, UEFA Managing Director Integrity
    Mike Miller, World Olympians Association CEO
    Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, World Lottery Association President
    Manon Schick, Amnesty International Switzerland Director
    12:00 - 12:30 New ideas: Their dissertations in 3 minutes
    Josephine Clausen, UNIL-ISSUL, Orlan Moret, UNIL-ISSUL, Joël Pinson, UNIL-IDHEAP, Sarah Willis, UNIL-ISSUL
    12:30 Closing remarks

    * Programme subject to change


    More information here.

  • Thu
    19h00 - 20h30Zentrum Karl der Grosse (Hall), Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zürich

    In recent times, FIFA has not been known for making positive headlines, to say the least. However, since Gianni Infantino took office a year ago, steps towards reform have been taken, including to enforce respect for human rights. Today,  we need to ask if these steps are for real, or if they are just more words; what is or should be the role of Switzerland as the host of the FIFA headquarters, and what can Swiss NGOs do? These questions will be discussed by a Fifa representative, a scientist, a member of the Swiss authorities and a politician on the panel organized by Terre des Hommes Schweiz and Solidar Suisse.


    Key facts about the event

    • Federico Addiechi, Head of Sustainability & Diversity (FIFA)
    • Prof. Jean-Loup Chappelet, University of Lausanne
    • Min Li Marti, National Councilor SP
    • Alex Kunze, National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (SECO)
    • Moderator: Philipp Sohmer, sports journalist and FIFA expert

    The podium is held with simultaneous translation in English and German.

    16 February 2017 from 19:00 to 20:30 - followed by drinks.

    Zentrum Karl der Grosse (Hall), Kirchgasse 14, 8001 Zürich

    Livestreaming here _________________________________________________________________


    Background Information
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil raised serious questions in terms of human and children rights violations, legacy and sustainability. In the ongoing preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, organisers have been confronted with allegations of human rights violations. Time and again, we see the same problems being repeated in different countries when it comes to staging Mega Sporting Events.

    But now FIFA now seems to be changing its procedures. At the beginning of 2016, FIFA revised its statutes. Fighting corruption and respecting human rights are being strongly emphasized. The strategy paper "FIFA 2.0" published in October pledges reform.
    Special role of Switzerland?
    Does this mean a real turnaround or will it remain mere lip service? FIFA is registered as an association based in Switzerland. This gives Switzerland a specific responsibility. A parliamentary postulate aiming to create a new legal status for large, international sporting governing bodies is highly approved by the Federal Council and Parliament. The Union Building and Woodworker's International (BWI) filed a complaint against FIFA on the grounds that the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have been ignored. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (where the complaint was submitted) treats FIFA as a multinational corporation in these proceedings.

    terre des hommes schweiz (in cooperation with Children Win Campaign) and Solidar Suisse (with the campaign "Faire Weltmeisterschaften") have been dealing with the impact of Mega Sporting Events for many years. The focus is on the enforcement of human and labor rights as well as the OECD Guidelines.


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