Thank you Madam Vice-President.
We welcome the distinguished Speakers and Panelists and thank them for their opening remarks and statements.
Human Rights and sport have become increasingly linked as sport has significant potential to promote human rights and raise awareness for their respect.
This is particularly true with regard to young people, since sport and major sporting events have the potential to inspire and educate the youth of the world and promote their social inclusion. This objective is closely intertwined with the principle of non-discrimination of any kind, including on the basis of sex, race, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.
At the same time, while fully acknowledging the positive role that sport is playing in promoting human rights worldwide, it is vital to protect and promote its integrity against negative practices, such as violence and hooliganism, doping, political exploitation, corruption and manipulation. Relevant entities, including States, involved in delivering and organizing major sporting events need to address and prevent such practices that may lead to human rights violations and abuses and are called to respect international principles, such as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as core international human rights treaties.
We appreciate the focus of the discussion on the need to increase women participation in sport events and in sport leadership. We call on States and sport organizations to effectively contribute in fighting gender stereotypes and other relevant stereotypes. We further call on States to leverage sport and physical education policies and programs in order to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Finally, we encourage them to adopt legislation and other relevant measures to eliminate sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and abuse in sport. In this respect, we would like to ask the distinguished panelists how we can better protect the sport movement from such practices.