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14 Dec 2015

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Harvard Kennedy School

Professor John Ruggie of Harvard Kennedy School to Develop Human Rights Recommendations for FIFA

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Harvard Kennedy School Professor and former United Nations top official on business and human rights John Ruggie has been asked by the world governing body of football, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to develop recommendations for embedding the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into FIFA’s policies and practices. His recommendations will be based on a comprehensive review of human rights in the context of FIFA’s activities and events. Ruggie will publish an independent public report at the end of March 2016..."FIFA's global reach means that this initiative has the potential to make a difference where it matters most: in the daily lives of people,” said Ruggie. “As with any such process, I fully recognize that there will be challenges and complex change takes time. However, this has the potential to set the bar for other global sports organizations, and place respect for human rights front and center for a broad range of entities involved in global sporting events."...This initiative builds on FIFA’s commitment to recognizing the relevance of the UN Guiding Principles to its operations...

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