May 19, 2022

FIFA welcomes UN General Assembly resolution on FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

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  • UN resolution recognises the significance of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

  • Calls on authorities to ensure it leaves a lasting legacy for peace in the region

  • Praises launch of collaboration with World Health Organization and state of Qatar for a healthy World Cup

FIFA has welcomed the UN General Assembly consensus resolution from the recent 76th session which recognises the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as the first such event to be held in the Middle East, and encourages the relevant authorities to ensure that it will leave a lasting legacy for peace and development in the region.

The UN resolution, passed by the UN General Assembly on 8 April, followed a plea by Gianni Infantino for leadership, peace and development during his address to the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha one week earlier.

“My plea to all of those who have some power in this world, to all of those who are in important political positions in the world, please stop conflicts and wars,” the FIFA President said in his address to FIFA’s 211 member associations.

The resolution also emphasised that sport, and especially football, thanks to its universal popularity, has an important role to play in the promotion of peace and development, respect for human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. “In these difficult times marked by conflicts and divisions, the fact that the UN General Assembly adopts this consensus resolution is a clear signal of the power of football as a tool for mutual understanding, tolerance, inclusion and peace, and is a further recognition to the new FIFA and its important social role the world over,” commented the FIFA President.

Additionally, the text expressed support for the launch of the “Healthy FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Creating Legacy for Sport and Health” partnership with the World Health Organization and the state of Qatar. This partnership aims to make sure the tournament is a healthy and safe event, including in terms of Covid-19 prevention measures, and is used to promote a healthy lifestyle and create a blueprint to protect health at future mass gatherings.

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