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Event Information:

  • Thu

    Panel discussion: "Is the change in FIFA for real?"

    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

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    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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