We are bringing the human rights in and through sport agenda to policymakers through a number of avenues. One way is submitting information to public consultations in the human rights, sustainable development, and sport policy domains. Below you can explore examples of our submissions made at both national and international levels. Some of these, such as the submissions on Ireland's CRPD and UPR reports, are examples of engaging with the UN human rights reporting mechanisms as outlined elsewhere on this website. We hope these submissions will be of interest to you and may also serve as examples of how to prepare your own submissions on human rights and development in and through sport.

Submissions to the Irish state:

  • Submission to the request for input from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the Draft Initial State Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Word / PDF)
  • Submission to Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Statement of Strategy 2021 – 2023 (Word)
  • Submission to Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on Draft Sports Action Plan 2020 – 2022. (Word / PDF)
  • Submission to the Joint Public Consultation on a National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030. (Word / PDF)
  • Submission to the request for input from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on new and emerging issues in light of Ireland's national report to the Universal Periodic Review. (Word / PDF)

Submissions to international organisations:

  • Contribution to OHCHR with respect to the Human Rights Council resolution 43/L.34 to support of the preparation of a study on sports following article 30 of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Word / PDF)
  • Contribution to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concerning the general discussion on the right of persons with disabilities to work and employment. (Word / PDF)

Coming Soon

 

The project “The Rights Understanding in Sport Toolkit (TRUST)” brings together partner organisations from Ireland, Netherlands and Portugal and aims at developing a programme on human rights education tailored for sports practitioners working in educational institutions, highlighting the key role of sport in promoting human rights.

The UNESCO Chair "Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness", based at the Institute of Technology Tralee (Ireland), is leading a sectoral partnership with the aim to advance mechanisms for reporting and follow-up on human rights and sport.

The invested agencies across the collective actions are too many to mention here, but the key proposers of this action include: 

International organizations

  • UNESCO
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • UN Women
  • Commonwealth Secretariat

States

  • Ireland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Brazil

Sports federations

  • International Olympic Committee
  • International Paralympic Committee
  • Special Olympics International
  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)
  • Deaflympics
  • International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA)
  • Fédération Internationale D´Éducation Physique (FIEP)
  • International Fitness Industry Association (IHRSA)

Civil society

  • UNESCO Chair Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Centre for Sports and Human Rights
  • Disability in Sport International
  • Inclusion4Development
  • Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities Physical Activity and Sport Taskforce
  • International Working Group On Women And Sport
  • Women’s Sport International
  • Washington Group on Disability Statistics
  • International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
  • International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE)
  • Global Active Cities
  • Global Network on Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD)
  • Sport Matters

 

The upcoming reporting deadlines for CIGEPS* countries are outlined below:

*The Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS)

CIGEPS Country Reporting deadlines
Argentina CEDAW report due 30 Nov 2020
CRC report due Jan 2023
CESCR report due Oct 2023
Next UPR Nov 2022
Austria CERD report overdue
CESCR review in 2021
CRC report due 2025
Next UPR Jan 2021
Azerbaijan Virtual review by CEDAW Oct 2020
CESCR review Feb 2021
Next UPR May 2023
Bahrain  CESCR review Sept 2021
CRC report due Mar 2024
Next UPR May 2022
Bulgaria CRC report due Jan 2022
CESCR report due Mar 2024
CRPD report due Apr 2026
Next UPR Nov 2020
Cuba Review under CRC 2021
CERD report due Mar 2023
CRPD report due Oct 2025
Next UPR Oct 2023
Finland CEDAW report overdue
CERD report due Aug 2021
CESCR review Feb 2021
Next UPR May 2022
Gambia CEDAW, CESCR and CRPD report overdue
CRC state report under LoIPR due June 2021
Next UPR Nov 2024
Germany CESCR report due Oct 2023
Next UPR May 2023
India CERD, CESCR and CRC report overdue
CRPD report due Nov 2025
Next UPR May 2022
Japan CEDAW reposnse to LoIPR due
CESCR report due
CERD report due Jan 2023
CRC report due Nov 2024
Next UPR Nov 2022
Madagascar CEDAW, CESCR, CERD and CRPD report overdue
Review under CRC Jan 2021
Next UPR Nov 2024
Russian Federation Review under CEDAW Feb 2021
CESCR and CRPD report due October 2022
Next UPR May 2023
South Africa Virtual review under CEDAW Oct/Nov 2020
CERD report overdue
CESCR report due Oct 2023
CRC report due Jan 2022
CRPD report due Mar 2022
Next UPR May 2022
Tunisia CEDAW report due Nov 2020
CERD report overdue
CESCR report Oct 2021
Next UPR May 2022

Turkmenistan
CEDAW report due Jul 2022
CESCR report due Oct 2023
CRC report due Oct 2020
CRPD report due Oct 2022
Next UPR May 2023
United Arab Emirates CRC and CRPD report overdue
CESCR report due Jul 2021
Next UPR Jan 2023

 

Other Countries can check the expected date of consideration for all human rights treaties here

Our goal

The sports sector globally is unifying and advancing its human rights activities considerably. In July 2017 the Kazan Action Plan (KAP) was adopted "to facilitate international and multi-stakeholder policy convergence, ease international cooperation and foster capacity-building efforts of governmental authorities and sports". KAP is a coherent mechanism for policy development, implementation and monitoring aligned with universal human rights and the SDGs within and beyond the UN system. It has led to a coordinated and collaborative momentum in global sport, accelerating action to advance the sectoral response to the sustainable development agenda and its human rights alignment. As part of the follow-up to KAP, the UNESCO Chair "Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness", is leading a sectoral partnership with the aim to advance mechanisms for reporting and follow-up on human rights and sport. A key part of this work is developing reporting templates and advocacy tools to help the sports sector navigate the complexities of UN human rights systems and explain how to engage with the Treaty Bodies, as well as to highlight to States and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) how they can increase reporting on sport. Please note that “sport” reflects physical education, physical activity and sport.

Progress to date

To date, the UNESCO Chair has held meetings with the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as a briefing during UPR35. In our meetings with the Committees we have made the following asks:

  1. Consider publishing a General Comment on Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (PEPAS).
  2. Advocate and endorse the development of a UN Human Rights Fact Sheet on PEPAS.
  3. Ensure, through direct reference in guidance notes and or list of issues, that state and non-state reporting mechanisms include representation from the PEPAS sector.
  4. Endorse and promote the development of reporting templates and advocacy tools on the treaty body and PEPAS.

Future actions

We would like to invite States, NHRIs and civil society to join us in supporting our actions in relation to KAP. This would mean being listed as a country/organisation who supports Kazan Action Plan actions on Human Rights in and through sport. There is no time commitment or no financial commitment, but you will be kept informed of developments.

In the Downloads page you will find short infographics and guidance tools for civil society, States and NHRIs on how to engage with the following mechanisms on human rights and sport:

  • Universal Periodic Review
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

Looking forward, our next action is to pilot these tools. For States who are preparing for reviews under any of the above five mechanisms we invite you to trial these draft tools and engage with the sports sector in developing your reports. We would be very interested in any feedback on how they contribute towards the reporting process.

We are also planning on developing sample reports to provide guidance on what would constitute good reporting on sport. We invite any State or sport organisation who has previously reported on sport to the UPR or Treaty Bodies and who has material that could be used for this exercise to share it with us.