31.05.2012 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

One month before the launch of the London Olympics UNESCO hosts the pre-release screening of the film “The War on Doping”

In the run up to the opening of the 30th Olympic Games of modern times, in London, the United Kingdom, from July 27 to August 12, UNESCO will host, on June 7, 2012, a first-ever pre-release screening of the documentary film “The War on Doping.” The film presents the first decades in the campaign against doping in sport.

UNESCO is a leading United Nations organization for the subject matter of sport. UNESCO members notably developed and adopted a critical legal instrument against doping in sport (the International Convention against Doping in Sport, adopted in 2005). For the promotion of this documentary film, UNESCO partners with Matiné Film and Television (Sweden).

This exceptional screening of a film UNESCO promotes, of which production has only just finished, will take place at 7 p.m. in Room XI at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris. The projection will be followed by a debate including the participation of the film’s Swedish director, Mats Omne, as well the Chair of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also Vice-President of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), Dr. Arne Ljungqvist, and the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Social and Human Sciences, Ms Pilar Alvarez-Laso.

On the same occasion, Ms Alvarez-Laso will announce the 10 new projects approved for receiving support funding from the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport, which funding totals more than US $ 240 000. These projects supplement the 63 projects that, since the creation of the Fund in 2008, are begun operating in 52 countries, with funding amounting to more than US$ 1,2 million.

The list of those countries that have to date ratified the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (first opened for signature in 2005) will also be communicated.

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