The 2019 Sporting Chance Forum with a focus on human rights and sport was co-hosted by the Geneva-based Centre for Sports and Human Rights, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – both founding members of the Centre – as well as the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). The event was held at the Palais des Nations, the European seat of the United Nations, on 21 and 22 November 2019.
For the first time, the Sporting Chance Forum was organised as a back-to-back event to the UN Forum Business and Human Rights. This served to underline the relevance and applicability of the business and human rights concept in organised sport, an approach that has been filled with life by the Sport Cares branch of the Cares Project for long.
Our founder and director, Mr Jonas Burgheim, consequentially again participated in the Sporting Chance Forum for the Cares Project. His participation provided ample opportunity to build on and further expand the broad network and partner-base with international decision-makers and key figures in the field of sport and human rights. While the event related back to a 2019 Cares Project assignment with the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, it was also an opportunity to lay the ground for the extended institutional engagement in the field of sport and human rights on the national level in the future.