The Sporting Chance Forum 2019 (SCF 2019) was convened on 21-22 November at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva during the week that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). SCF 2019 continued the process begun in 2016 of building bridges between the worlds of sport and human rights, and supported the aims of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.
Watch below the "Child Rights in Sport: Recommendations to and Response rrom Sporting Organisations and States" session that took place during SCF 2019.
The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children is the most comprehensive United Nations document on the current situation of child rights violations in the context of sports. These include, among others, violations and harms related to trafficking, displacement, abuse, exploitation, sale, contracting, grooming, and labour. In addition, it includes 14 Recommendations to Sport Organisations and another 14 to Governments.
The objective of the session is to raise awareness of the Report amongst sport organisations, governments and other key actors, join the gap between best practice on the ground and the recommendations by the Special Rapporteur, and provide practical courses of action and resources to sports bodies looking to do this work. Presentation by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio (Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children) followed by a panel discussion where sports bodies respond to the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur.
The session was moderated by:
- Najat Maalla M’jid (UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children)
- Iris Hugo-Bouvier (Football and Social Responsibility, UEFA)
- Kathryn Leslie (Senior Child Safeguarding and Protection Manager, FIFA)
- David Grevemberg (Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation)
- María Belén Lara Martínez (Head of International Relations High Council for Sport of Spain)
- Thiago Gurjão Alves Ribeiro (Senior Technical Officer, International Labour Organization)