Madrid, Nov 14 (EFE).- UEFA and the German Football Federation (DFB) presented this Tuesday a Declaration of Human Rights for Euro 2024 in Germany, in which they commit to their defense and protection and to create a framework for the implementation of related processes.
The Declaration was presented at the Sports and Human Rights conference organized by the Ministry of the Interior in Berlin and responds to the objective that next year’s Euro Cup be an event that is committed to human rights as a factor that contributes to the success of the competition.
As reported by UEFA, human rights are a guiding principle of environmental, social and governance activities, in accordance with the tournament’s ESG strategy, and the statement includes suggestions from stakeholders and experts, such as the Center for Sport and the Human Rights, the Sports and Rights Alliance, the “EURO 2024 Stakeholder-Initiative” and the German Institute for Human Rights.
The document states that the organizers will guarantee accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the competition, ensuring that all social groups and communities can participate, and will act to prevent and combat all forms of discrimination and abuse.
The Eurocup will be a safe experience for everyone who participates in it; Access to healthy foods and drinks will be facilitated and physical activity will be supported and promoted, in addition to an event to which everyone is invited to support their team, celebrate it and exercise their freedom of expression during the tournament.
“UEFA is not only committed to today’s statement. We are also working closely with non-governmental organizations and stakeholders to develop a detailed approach to the protection and promotion of human rights. This is a real action plan, with numerous actions underway to mark the big goal. We will make sure to turn this ambition into reality,” said Michele Uva, UEFA’s director of social and environmental sustainability.
For her part, the general secretary of the DFB, Heike Ullrich, highlighted that the organization “has committed to fulfilling its socio-political responsibility in terms of social sustainability” and assured that the declaration and the Euro Cup “will have a lasting impact on the entire world.” German football, even after the end of the EURO next year.
UEFA noted that it and the rest of the parties involved in the preparation, DFB, EURO 2024 GmbH, the German federal government, the governments of the German federal states (Länder) and the host cities (Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart), are committed to making their joint contribution to present a tournament that represents democracy, respect, tolerance and respect for human rights.
All actions are in line with the internationally recognized United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which are also the basis of the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). EFE