Qatar has stated that it intends to use the 2022 FIFA World Cup as an opportunity to promote mutual understanding, peace, stability, and prosperity, as well as a significant driver of positive improvements in the fields of human rights and sports.
This was stated at a panel discussion on promoting human rights via sports and sports by Abdullah Hamad Al-Nuaimi, First Secretary of the Permanent Delegation of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
“The State of Qatar has taken serious human rights measures to ensure basic principles for all workers, including those who participate in sports infrastructure, in preparation for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and other major sporting events, a step that has won international recognition,” Al-Nuaimi said.
Sports and human rights, he said, complement each other. “Sports, as a worldwide language, has a remarkable power to promote and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, especially among young people,” he stated.
He believes that sports can improve solidarity, equality, and tolerance at all levels, and that sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, and Paralympic Games may be used to promote economic development and awareness.
“As part of an integrated strategic vision, the State of Qatar has taken an interest in sports and organized important sporting events in honor of these noble goals,” Al-Nuaimi added.
In 2022, Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup.