Terre des Hommes is supporting the ‘White Card’ campaign which will mark the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development on April 6.
The aim of the campaign is to bring together and promote all the initiatives around the world which use sport for the benefit of society.
Marc Joly, Head of the ‘Children Win’ campaign, believes the day represents the ideal opportunity to acknowledge recent steps made by sports governing bodies in adopting a more responsible approach to human rights when planning and staging mega sporting events.
Over the past six months, Terre des Hommes has played a leading role in ensuring governing bodies such as FIFA and the International Olympic Committee begin to incorporate reference to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their statutes or contracts. This has included:
- Working as a member of the Sport and Rights Alliance to request that the IOC make explicit reference to the protection of human rights in the Host City Contract for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This was confirmed by the IOC on February 28.
- Becoming a founder member of the new and independent Human Rights Advisory Board, announced by FIFA on March 10. This was one of a number of recommendations by John Ruggie, Professor of Human Rights at Harvard University, in his report published in April 2016.
Marc said: “April 6 has become a landmark day in the calendar with regards to the advancement of society through sport. We see this as the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the recent progress made by sports governing bodies in the field of child rights around mega sporting events.
“We really welcome this shift towards playing a more responsible role, and we will be closely monitoring and reporting on the progress made by governing bodies.”
To show your support for the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development, take a picture of yourself holding a ‘White Card’ and post it on your social networks using the hashtags.
- On Twitter, include @peaceandsport @ChildrenWin #WhiteCard #IDSDP2017 in your tweet.
- On Instagram, include @peaceandsport @ChildrenWin #WhiteCard #IDSDP2017 in your comments.