24.03.2017 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to invest in UNESCO’s Anti-Doping Fund

On the occasion of the Arab Anti-Doping Symposium that took place in Riyadh from 19 to 20 March 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed to invest 50,000 USD in the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport.

To encourage anti-doping momentum, a further 100,000 USD to support the activities of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was also pledged.

Aimed at strengthening the anti-doping fight in the Arab region, the Symposium’s agenda included the sharing of experiences and good practices between National Anti-Doping Organizations; updates on WADA’s accredited laboratories; information on WADA compliance policy and mechanisms; as well as an overview of the implementation status of UNESCO’s International Convention against Doping in Sport. UNESCO was represented at the meeting by the Secretary of the Convention, Mr Marcellin Dally, who delivered a keynote address on the need for public authorities to fulfil their obligations related to the provisions of the Convention, as well as the importance of inter-regional partnerships.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, currently holding the position of President of the Bureau of the Conference of Parties of the Convention (represented by Dr Mohammed Saleh Al-Konbaz, Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee), recognized the importance of cross-country capacity building and highlighted the unique role of UNESCO’s Fund for the elimination of doping in sport.

One of the key outcomes of the Symposium is the recommendation to establish an “Arab Anti-Doping Forum” for a consolidated and comprehensive approach to anti-doping challenges in the region.

UNESCO is grateful to all Member States who have contributed to the Fund in the 2016-2017 biennium, including Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Monaco, the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Contact: Marcellin Dally, m.dally(at)unesco.org

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