Terre des Hommes is supporting the release of the ‘Sporting Chance White Papers’, a series of concept notes which present the latest thinking, practice and debate in relation to human rights involved in the planning and delivery of Mega Sporting Events (MSE).

The series can be accessed on the Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform), launched today by the Institute for Human Rights and Business.


Terre des Hommes is a member of the steering committee for the coalition of organisations contributing to the Platform, which includes international and intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports governing bodies, athletes, unions, sponsors, broadcasters, and civil society groups.


Terre des Hommes and UNICEF co-led the drafting of ‘Children’s Rights in the Sports Context‘, one of the 11 White Papers. The White Paper on Children’s Rights examines the risks and opportunities for children connected to the organisation of MSE. It provides concrete recommendations on how to mitigate those risks.

Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes said; “As a child rights organization, we are contributing with our ChildrenWin campaign in gathering evidence on child rights violations relating to Mega Sporting Events, advocating change with key stakeholders and ensuring accountability from organisers in the future. We find essential this work contributes in advocating change within the MSE Platform, a multi-stakeholder coalition of which we are part of.”


The mission of the Platform is to ensure all actors involved in staging an event fully embrace and operationalise their respective human rights duties and responsibilities throughout the MSE life-cycle.

The White Papers are the first step in this process, and the MSE Platform will be regularly updated throughout the year to highlight the latest work, news and events on MSEs and human rights.

The White Papers, which can be accessed here, cover the roles and responsibilities of sports governing bodies, host actors, sponsors and broadcasters, and affected groups, and makes the case for an independent centre or platform to facilitate collective action between sponsors and other actors involved in MSEs.


Mega-sporting events (MSEs) have the potential to bring many societal benefits, but are complex to deliver, with a lifecycle from planning through to construction, delivery, and legacy requiring a years-long planning process. As such, these events carry inherent risks, including to human rights.

MSE Platform members are working together to develop more comprehensive, consistent, and accountable approaches to managing social risks and adverse human rights impacts arising from MSEs, and overcome the barriers to better knowledge transfer and good practice within and between sport traditions and events. This collective action seeks to raise awareness, innovate, advocate, educate, drive positive change, and give a voice to those most affected.


To find out more about the Institute for Human Rights and Business, visit www.ihrb.org.

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