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FIFA and Council of Europe sign MoU to address the sexual exploitation of children

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

5 October 2018 – FIFA and the Council of Europe have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen co-operation and partnership for shared interests . This agreement outlines four main areas of co-operation: Human Rights, Integrity and Good Governance in sport; Safety and Security at Football Matches; Mutual dialogue and Co-operation in view of Major Sport Events; and Institutional Co-operation to be achieved through the development of joint initiatives and co-ordination of operational activities and regular exchange of good practice.

In the framework of this partnership, the two organisations will address also the issue of sexual violence against children in football, using Council of Europe standards (Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the “Lanzarote Convention”, which is widely considered to be the most advanced, comprehensive international legal instrument of this kind). The Council of Europe is also a member of FIFA’s Child Protection Working Group.



Pre-memorandum-signing press conference