UEFA human rights, environmental strategy takes on challenges

UEFA has set itself the goal of ending racism in European football by 2030 as part of a human rights and environmental strategy that got off to a rocky start.

Other long-term goals include “zero episodes” of child abuse, mainstreaming rights principles in all strategic decisions, achieving “net zero carbon by 2040… in collaboration across European football »And the elimination of plastic waste.

“It’s an ambitious goal but we are looking to do it,” said Michele Uva, director of UEFA’s sustainability project, of the main goal on racism.

The challenges were clear even when UEFA officially launched its ‘Strength through Unity’ document.

The Sports & Rights Alliance has distanced itself from its involvement in a project which, according to it, “places human rights only as a matter of public relations”. “No matter what UEFA claims, the development of its human rights strategy has not resulted in a legitimate consultation process and does not meet any international or European standards,” said Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch .

UEFA’s anti-racism work must also reestablish the relationship with a long-standing partner, the Fare Network, which helps identify high-risk matches and gather evidence. Tariff experts haven’t worked on UEFA games this season. “We want to lead our actions, we don’t want others to lead our action,” Uva said, adding that UEFA had spoken with Fare and other organizations and were on the verge of finalizing a new deal. .

The commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 was underscored the day UEFA recognized its intention to add 10 South American national teams to its second tier European competition in 2024. , causing more intercontinental travel. UEFA said it was “working on a number of projects with (the South American football body) CONMEBOL, including a Common Nations League”, although no decision has been taken.

It would be the last tournament extension for European teams, who often travel by private charter flight for international matches hosted by UEFA.

Hundreds of additional club matches have been created this year by launching the Europa Conference Conference and agreeing to expand the Champions League and Europa League with more teams and more matches from 2024.

“We know that every change in (competition) format can have an impact on what we expect,” Uva said, stressing the “need to get the big picture” of the football industry and the tourism economy.

“If we are just talking about gas emissions, we are monitoring and we will put something in place to mitigate the impact,” said the former UEFA executive committee member.

UEFA’s plan seeks to “inspire, activate and accelerate collective action” between national federations, leagues and clubs to “respect human rights and the environment in the context of European football”. UEFA’s own European Championship this year has seen repeated incidents of anti-gay and racist incidents involving Hungarian fans.

The same Budapest stadium hosts the Europa League final in 2023, and the Sport & Rights Alliance has highlighted issues with “press freedom and protection of journalists” there, as well as in Russia and Russia. Turkey, which are hosting the next two Champions League finals.

Child protection is a priority for the 55 UEFA member federations, which want a risk analysis next year and a safeguard protocol by 2024.

UEFA also wants more access and opportunities for people with disabilities by 2030, tripling the number of players and doubling the number of employees in the organization and at its events.

UEFA tournaments and events are also expected to have zero plastic and food waste by 2030, according to the 60-page document.

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