Sport and Anti–Doping

Based on the UNESCO Charter of Physical Education and Sport, 1978, and following the policy recommendations of the fifth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V), 2013, UNESCO guides national and international policy development in coordination with UN Agencies, the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) and its Permanent Consultative Council comprising major international sport stakeholders. 

UNESCO in particular, advocates for the contribution sport makes to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals of the post 2015 agenda, as well as for improved physical education in schools and the building of social competencies and attitudes and value systems through sports. 

Addressing inequalities in the levels of participation in physical education and sport, which mirror those in education, health and material wealth, UNESCO also contributes to international efforts to improve access to physical education and sport for marginalized and disabled women and men. 

Responding to the threat to sport that arises from the manipulation of sport competitions and corrupt practices, UNESCO contributes to designing appropriate rights-based governance frameworks. 

UNESCO further strives to achieve universal ratification of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, 2005, and monitor its implementation with a view to having instigated proactive and coordinated anti-doping policies in all Member States. Capacity building at the national and regional levels, through education, the development of legislation and awareness raising are supported through the Fund against Doping in Sport. Special emphasis is put on leveraging major international events including the Olympics and Paralympic Games as well as the FIFA World Cup. 

Across the Organization, efforts are made to further mainstream human rights, including women’s rights, in all programmes and activities. The focus is placed on reinforcing the knowledge base on the implications of applying a human rights-based approach (HRBA) within UNESCO programmes in education, the sciences, culture and communication with adaptation of existing tools and knowledge resources produced by the UN system.

What has been done already?

Fund Against Doping in Sport: 

  • The Fund against Doping in Sport provided support to Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia in advancing ethics and health in sports.
  • UNESCO ROSA Programme Specialist for SHS, Mr. Charaf Ahmimed, attended the “Stakeholder Consultation Meeting: Anti-Doping as a Key Value in Mozambican Sport” in Maputo where he provided technical assistance to the development of an anti-doping strategy.

Quality Physical Education policy:

  • UNESCO is also supporting the revision of the Quality Physical Education policy in South Africa and Zambia with the aim of making it inclusive and child-centered.  Two National Coordinators have been recruited to oversee the policy revision which should last from September 2016 to August 2017.



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