2022 World Cup: International Labor Organization confident in agreement with FIFA

The director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO) was today “reasonably optimistic” in relation to the conclusion of an agreement with FIFA so that social rights are considered in the attribution of the World Cups.

In an interview with the AFP news agency, Golbert Houngbo, who on Sunday met with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, explained that the ILO proposed “the carrying out of a diligent review of candidate countries”, the organization of future World Cups, which respect for labor and social rights.

“All the conversations we’ve had so far lead me to believe that FIFA is very determined to make social issues and labor standards fundamental in assigning the organization of the next World Cups”, said Houngbo.

After the ILO director-general’s interview was published, the FIFA president announced in a statement that “the two organizations have been in talks for several years and want to cooperate fruitfully”.

“The strengthening of the relationship between FIFA and the ILO is part of the legacy of the World Cup in Qatar”, said Infantino, in the statement.

With the 2026 edition of the World Cup assigned to the United States, Mexico and Canada, FIFA, the target of much criticism with the choice of Qatar, will have to choose the organizers of the 2030 World Cup, which marks the centenary of the competition

Portugal, Spain and Ukraine have already formalized their candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup, to which Argentina and Uruguay have also expressed their intention to compete jointly.

Since it was chosen by FIFA to organize the event in 2010, Qatar has been the target of strong criticism, which intensified as the start of the event approached, in particular regarding the rights of migrant workers or LGBTQ+ people.

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