GENEVA (AP) – UEFA’s goal to end racism in European football by 2030 as part of a human rights and environmental strategy got off to an uneasy start Friday.
Other long-term goals include “zero episodes” of child abuse, embedding rights principles in all strategic decisions, reaching “net zero carbon by 2040 … collaboratively across European football”, and eliminating plastic waste. Is.
“It is an ambitious goal, but we are looking to do it,” said UEFA Sustainability Project director Michel Uva of the headline goal on racism.
The challenges were still evident when UEFA formally launched its “Strength through Unity” document.
Sport and Rights Coalition group distances itself from participation With a project it said “places human rights as a whole as a public relations matter.”
“No matter what UEFA claims, the development of its human rights strategy did not have a valid consultation process and does not meet any international or European standards,” said Human Rights Watch’s Minky Worden.
UEFA’s anti-racism work should also improve ties with a longtime partner, the Fair Network, which helps identify high-risk sports and gather evidence. Hire specialists have not worked at UEFA games this season.
“We want to run our operations, we don’t want others to act on us,” Yuva said, after UEFA spoke with FAIR and other organizations and was close to finalizing a new agreement.
The emphasis was on a commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the day UEFA accepted a plan to add 10 South American national teams to its second-tier European competition in 2024, leading to more inter-continental travel.
UEFA said it was “working on a number of projects with (South American football body) CONMEBOL, including the United Nations League,” although no decision has been taken.
It will be the latest tournament expansion for European teams, who often travel by private charter flight to international games organized by UEFA.
Hundreds of additional club games have been created this year by launching the Europa Conference League and agreeing to expand the Champions League and Europa League with more teams and more games starting in 2024.
“We know that every change in (competition) formats can have an impact on our planning,” Uva said, pointing to “the need to see the full picture” of the football industry and the tourism economy.
“If we only talk about gas emissions, we are monitoring and we will establish something to reduce the impact,” said the former UEFA executive committee member.
The UEFA scheme seeks to “inspire, activate and intensify collective action” in national associations, leagues and clubs to “respect human rights and the environment in the context of European football”.
UEFA’s own European Championship this year saw repeated incidents of anti-gay and racist incidents involving Hungarian fans,
The same stadium in Budapest is set to host the Europa League final in 2023, and the Sport and Rights Alliance pointed to “press freedom and the safety of journalists” as well as issues in Russia and Turkey, which will be the next two Champions League finals. host.
Child protection is prioritized by UEFA’s 55 member associations, who want a risk analysis next year and a safety protocol by 2024.
UEFA wants more access and opportunities for people with disabilities by 2030, triple the number of players and double the workforce at the organization and its events.
UEFA tournaments and events should have zero plastic waste and food waste by 2030, said the 60-page document.
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