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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – SC and Q22 sign MoU with NHRC to further enhance the positive human rights legacy of the FIFA World Cup 2022

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - SC and Q22 sign MoU with NHRC to further enhance the positive human rights legacy of the FIFA World Cup 2022™

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) to collaborate in elevating consciousness of human rights points, whereas persevering with to guarantee all elements of human rights are thought-about in the supply of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (Qatar 2022).

The MoU between the events was signed by H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC, H.E. Dr Ali Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the NHRC, and Nasser Al Khater, CEO of Q22.

Based on shared goals – to defend and respect human rights, and believing in the alternatives that each one events have to contribute individually and collectively to the efficient achievement of these goals in the context of Qatar 2022 – the three organisations will collaborate in areas corresponding to consciousness and capability constructing of related stakeholders, technical help, and the prevention and remediation of human rights impacts.

A joint working group might be established between the three organisations to ship the goals of the MoU. It may even facilitate data sharing and generate consultations on points associated to human rights related to the event. In addition, the settlement will facilitate the publication of analysis.

The NHRC is the Qatari establishment recognised below the Paris Principles relating to nationwide human rights establishments adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The Qatari NHRC was accorded the highest ranking (A-standing) by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions for its compliance with the Paris Principles, together with for instance with respect to its independence, mandate, powers and assets.

H.E. Dr Ali Samikh Al-Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee commented: “Based on our mandate, working to promote and respect human rights, we have aimed over the past years to spread an embedded culture of human rights across society, and presented studies and recommendations aimed at developing legislation, in particular those related to decent and fair work and access to justice. What we are witnessing today in terms of new work systems is a historic achievement for the State of Qatar and all its institutions, and a catalyst for more to be done to promote and respect human rights.”

“Under this agreement with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Q22, we are pleased to offer our expertise and experience in human rights issues. We are seizing the opportunity presented by this wonderful sporting occasion to implement best practices on human rights,” he added.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the SC, mentioned: “The SC has worked tirelessly to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers engaged on the Qatar 2022 project. We are proud of our achievements over the past ten years and strongly believe that our actions have created a benchmark for excellence – not just in Qatar, but across the region and around the world.”

Al Thawadi added: “We have always welcomed constructive feedback and collaboration with experts. The MoU we have signed with Q22 and the NHRC will help take our commitment to human rights to the next level. With less than two years until our historic tournament begins, this ties in with our goal of ensuring Qatar 2022 makes a meaningful contribution to the state’s vision on human rights and workers’ welfare.”

Commenting on the significance of the settlement for the event, Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC mentioned: “When we bid for 2022, we promised to use the tournament as a catalyst for positive social, human and environmental change in Qatar. This MoU is another demonstration of that promise being delivered and we welcome it as a positive step to achieving one of our most important tournament objectives. Our collective expertise will help ensure that the rights of everyone involved in this ground-breaking World Cup – from workers and staff to players and fans – are upheld throughout, according to the highest international standards.”

“Qatar 2022 has already raised the bar for mega sporting events when it comes to sustainability and tournament legacy planning and this agreement will ensure that legacy endures long after the last ball has been kicked,” he added.

Joyce Cook, FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility & Education Officer, mentioned: “We are delighted that this memorandum of understanding with the United Nations-recognised national human rights institution of Qatar is being signed and very much look forward to working together with Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy to help us in delivering our commitments to respecting the human rights of workers, fans, local communities and others touched by the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.”

“This collaboration with the NHRC is an excellent example of how FIFA tournaments also provide a platform for local stakeholders to help drive lasting human rights legacies within hosting countries,” she added.

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