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The present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution
6/27, is the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of
the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this
In the report, the Special Rapporteur discusses the impact of major international
sports events (mega-events) on the realization of the right to adequate housing, in
particular, the positive and negative legacy of hosting the Olympic Games and the Football
World Cup. She provides an overview of the practices and procedures of the International
Olympic Committee and International Association of Football Federations, especially on
their bidding and selection process for host cities and countries. In addition, she offers
some insights on the role played by sponsors, as well as some examples of positive and
negative practices of host cities and countries.
In her conclusion, the Special Rapporteur urges States to uphold their human rights
obligations when organizing such mega-events and addresses some specific
recommendations to States, the International Olympic Committee and the International
Association of Football Federations.