Jones Day supports joint UN and Eradicate Hate Summit initiative

The Eradicate Hate Global Summit and the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect have launched a Plan of Action to Counter Hate Speech Through Engagement with Sport: The Game Plan. The initiative, developed by the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect & Eradicate Hate Global Summit Sports Working Group, is aimed at using sports as a way to help curb the global escalation of hate speech and hate-fueled violence.

"This Sports Working Group is built on the foundation of the global reach and influence of the UN and the expertise and urgency of the Eradicate Hate Global Summit," said Laura Ellsworth, Jones Day’s Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives and Co-Chair of the Sports Working Group and the Eradicate Hate Global Summit.

The UN & Eradicate Hate Global Summit Sports Working Group has developed the Plan of Action for Sports: The Game Plan, which focuses on identifying and reporting hate speech as well as the positive steps that everyday people and athletes are taking to counter it.

The Game Plan is outlined by the acronym SPORT:

  • Speak openly and honestly about hate speech with athletes, employees, the public, and those who are targeted by hate speech;
  • Promote positive messages, practices, polices, and procedures to foster genuine respect and counter hate speech;
  • Organize specific outreach to communities of fans (from backyards to stadiums) to educate them about hate speech and its consequences and to try to intervene before violence and messages of hate that may lead to incitement of violence can take root;
  • Recognize, reward, and report success stories and positive impacts that athletes and sports figures who join the Game Plan; and
  • Train at all levels to identify and address hate speech.

Jones Day is proud to sponsor the Eradicate Hate Global Summit, founded to foster the development and implementation of rule of law initiatives to counter hate around the world.

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