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Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) 
Origin At its 20th session in 1978, the General Conference proclaimed the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport and established the CIGEPS and the International Fund for the Development of Physical Education and Sport (FIDEPS), thus institutionalizing UNESCO’s action for the promotion of physical education and sport.
In 1997, at its 29th session, the General Conference welcomed the proposal for a more representative, flexible and cost-efficient structure, and decided to rescind the Statutes of the CIGEPS and of the FIDEPS, adopted by resolution 20 C/Res.1/5.4.3. By resolution 29 C/19, the General Conference adopted the new Statutes of the CIGEPS.
Mandate of the Committee To guide and supervise the planning and implementation of UNESCO’s strategy and programme of activities in the field of physical activity and sport, in particular by recommending an order of priorities among the various activities; to promote international co-operation with a view to strengthening peace, friendship, understanding and mutual respect between peoples, in particular by helping Member States to co-ordinate their programmes and activities in this sphere; to facilitate the adoption, promotion and dissemination of the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport (proclaimed by the General Conference at its 20e session in 1978 (20 C/Res. 1/5.4/2); to encourage recognition of the social importance of physical education and sport; to undertake in the field of physical activities and sport, such activities as the General Conference may decide; to promote research and the collection, analysis and publication of scientific works and other documents relating notably to physical education and sport and the improvement of programmes and staff training in this sphere; to encourage joint action and useful, confident and effective co-operation in this field; to collaborate in  the preparation and evaluation of UNESCO’s programme in the field of physical activity and sport; to enlist the technical, financial and material support of the Members States and of  public and private sources of financing on the ethical values of sport.
The Committee is assisted by IGOs and NGOs which form a Permanent Consultative Council.

The Committee consists of 18 Member States. Their 4-year term of office extends from the end of the ordinary session of the General Conference during which they are elected until the end of its second subsequent ordinary session. Under the provisions of Article 1, para. 3 of the Statutes, the term of office of one half of the members designated at the time of the first election has ceased after 2 years.

Member States elected at the 31st session until the end of the 33rd session: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cuba, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Nepal, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic.

Other members of the Committee, elected at the 30th session and whose term of office expires at the end of the 32nd session of the General Conference: Austria, Bulgaria, China, Finland, Kenya, Mexico, Oman, Romania, Uruguay.

Geographical distribution among electoral groups







elected during the meeting held in April 2002

Chairperson : Mr Tu Mingde (China)
Vice-chairpersons :
Mr Fazlur Rahman M.P. (Bangladesh)
M.r François Claude Dikoumé (Cameroon)
Mr Arnaldo Rivero Fuxa (Cuba)
Mrs Kalliopi Nedelkos (Greece)
Mr Ioan Dobrescu (Romania)
Mr Mohamed Yassmene (Syrian Arab Republic)

Meetings foreseen during the biennium

The Committee meets in regular session once every two years.
he last meeting took place from 4 to 5 April 2002.
The Bureau meets at least once a year.

Sector/Division responsible Education Sector
Section for Preventive Education and Sport

Current membership of the Committee, by electoral group
Membership of the Committee since its establishment
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