How to become State Party to the International Convention against Doping in Sport

The International Convention against Doping in Sport was adopted in 2005 by the General Conference of UNESCO.

In the case a country decides to ratify this Convention, it should take into consideration the following important mechanisms concerning the ratification:

  • The instrument of ratification is to be signed by the Head of State, or the Head of the Government, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs of your country.

    Consult the model instrument
  • Once signed, duly dated and sealed by one of the above-mentioned authorities, the original of the instrument of ratification should be sent to the Director-General of UNESCO at the following address:

    Ms Irina Bokova
    Director-General
    UNESCO
    7 Place de Fontenoy
    F-75352 Paris 07 SP
    France
  • Pursuant to the provisions of Article 37 of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, the Convention will enter into force in the country concerned, the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of one month after the date of deposit of the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Director-General of UNESCO.
  • Subject to the provisions of Article 37 above, the new State Party may thereupon take full part in the Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport, which takes place every two years at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
  • The ratification of the Convention and its entry into force, allows a country to access the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport (the "Fund"), which aims at improving capacity to fight doping in the world, notably providing assistance to States Parties to develop and implement anti-doping programs in accordance with the Convention. This fund is specifically targeted at developing countries.
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