Promoting diversity and a discrimination free environment in host cities during and after the FIFA World Cup 2018

On 29 September, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in cooperation with the Ombudsman of the city of Moscow and the Moscow authorities, organized an international round table "Promoting diversity and a discrimination free environment in host cities during and after the FIFA World Cup 2018 - Role of Moscow", in the premises of the Moscow city Duma. 

The event brought together international experts, including OHCHR, President of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), FIFA Organizing Committee, Organisation of Inter-cultural development, human rights and anti-discrimination from Sweden, Section for Inclusion and Rights of UNESCO, representatives of fan clubs and Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), as well as representatives of the Football Union of Russia, Moscow city Government, federal governmental structures (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Sport, Federal Ombudsman’s Office in the Russian Federation) and the human rights commissioners from the cities hosting the World Cup 2018 (Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Kazan).


This round table provided a good opportunity to exchange views and experience on how to counter racism and discrimination in football, with particular focus on foreign experience when conducting similar big sport events.  Participants paid particular attention to issues such as inclusion, diversity and discrimination-free environment, which are among the cornerstones of the next football World Cup and constitutes an important part of the Sustainability Strategy of the WC-2018 in Russia.

The participants emphasized the important role of work with youth, including via educational institutions, to ensure a tolerant audience. As a result of the round table the resolution “Striving towards a “free of discrimination legacy” after the World Cup” was adopted encouraging all relevant stakeholders to collaborate closely to create an environment free of discrimination beyond the World Cup across the Russian Federation.

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