Terre des Hommes attended the first discussion with key stakeholders on the sustainability of Germany’s Euro 2024 bid. This initiative, led by the German Football Association (DFB), follows UEFA’s decision to add specific human rights requirements in the hosting contract for the tournament.
More than 70 participants attended the meeting “On the way to a sustainable EURO 2024”. A wide variety of actors joined the discussion around the German bid: sport officers (DFB, DFL etc), officers from German ministries and parties, sponsors, representatives from the 10 bidding cities (political representatives as well as sports representatives from stadiums), foundations and different civil society organizations and initiatives.
Participants discussed a variety of different topics such as human rights, fair play, health, environment and diversity. Terre des Hommes raised the issue of child rights and safeguarding measures, as well as the need for child participation around the event. More broadly, an emphasis was put on the importance to comply with the newly added human rights criteria of the bid.
This initial dialogue has been strongly pushed by an alliance of Germany-based organisations comprising Terre des Hommes, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International and Bündnis Aktiver Fussballfans BAFF; BundesBehindertenfan-ArbeitsGemeinschaft – BBAG; Discover Football; Der Sportbeauftragte der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland; Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt; Interessengemeinschaft Unsere Kurve. Since October 2016, this alliance has been pushing for a an open dialogue with the DFB and has published a common declaration.
This first dialogue on sustainability highlights the importance of stakeholder involvement in the preparation of a Mega Sporting Event (MSE) such as the 2024 European Championships, especially as human rights respect is now key for a successful bid.
Katharina Oltmanns, from the Children Win campaign at Terre des Hommes, said:
“This kick-off discussion in the context of the Euro 2024 German bid is very encouraging. Stakeholders’ involvement, including youth participation, has been mentioned as something key for the success of this bid. The decision taken by sport governing bodies like UEFA to include human rights requirements in the bid was a turning point, but working in coalition at a national and local level is key to ensure those criteria are translated into concrete actions; so that Mega Sporting Events do no harm and respect human and child rights.”
These steps at a national level follow the inclusion by UEFA, in May 2017, of a new human rights requirement to be observed and integrated by the bidders interested in hosting Euro 2024.
The DFB and the Turkish Football Federation have until 27 April, 2018 to complete and submit their bids. UEFA’s executive committee will decide in September 2018 who has won the right to host the tournament. Both bids will also be required to comply with strict anti-corruption measures.