We aim to hold constructive dialogue with governing bodies and other key stakeholders, where necessary working in coalition with other civil society organisations, to ensure our voice is heard and that commitments made by MSE organisers can be implemented and the impact on children and their communities measured. We will also share our expertise in order to encourage transparency and accountability, so as to implement real and sustained change.
Since late 2016, we have worked directly with the IOC, FIFA and UEFA to help prescribe the steps which must be taken to ensure child rights are no longer violated. This includes:
- The incorporation of specific human rights criteria in the Host City Contract for the 2024 Olympics and onwards, and the subsequent implementation of those criteria by successful bidding cities or nations. The IOC announced these amendments in February 2017.
- Sitting on an independent board established by FIFA in March 2017, which is directly advising them on human rights. This was recommended following the publication in April 2016 of an independent report which they commissioned from John Ruggie, Professor of Human Rights at Harvard University.
- Working directly with the UEFA on the bidding documents for Euro 2024 and with the organising committee for the 2020 European Championships.