Sustainable development, as defined in the UN’s 1987 report “Our Common Future”, is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has three main pillars: economic, environmental and social.
The preparation, staging and post-tournament activities of a FIFA World Cup™ can generate a wide range of impacts on the economy, the natural environment and on people and communities, both in the host country and internationally. While many of these impacts are positive, there are also risks of adverse impacts. The FIFA World Cup 2022™ is unique in many respects, with the type of opportunities and challenges related to sustainability being no exception.
Hosting the tournament presents tremendous opportunities for development of local industries, expertise and infrastructure, for innovation and application of world-class standards, and for support of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. As with any mega-event, the FIFA World Cup 2022™ also presents risks related to the increased use of limited natural resources and the generation of emissions, as well as to the health, safety and well-being of all people involved in the tournament, including workers, participants, attendees and local communities. We followed a process of extensive stakeholder consultation in order to prioritise the most material areas so as to focus our effort and resources on maximising the sustainability of the tournament.