Our mission and strategy

Our mission

UNESCO’s mission is to ensure that all athletes enjoy the right to compete in a clean, honest and equitable environment.

Our strategy

As the only United Nations agency with a sport mandate, UNESCO is implementing a three-pronged strategy to tackle the doping problem:

  • International cooperation: UNESCO is actively involved in international efforts to combat doping in sport largely through the implementation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport. UNESCO developed the Convention so that all governments can join efforts to and apply the force of international law against doping. It provides a framework for harmonizing anti-doping rules and policies worldwide in support of the World Anti-Doping Code [PDF, 1.31 MB].
  • Education: To successfully eliminate doping from sport, it is essential to focus on the next generation of athletes. UNESCO is developing anti-doping education and prevention programmes aimed at fostering the fundamental values that underpin sport and informing young people of the moral, legal and health consequences of doping.
  • Capacity-building: UNESCO assists governments to develop national anti-doping programmes and provides advice on the implementation of the Convention. It is also undertaking research to expand the evidence base to support anti-doping policies, particularly in the areas of trafficking, nutritional supplements and the health consequences of doping.

UNESCO has created the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport, made up of government and private sector voluntary financial contributions, to enable the implementation of this strategy.

Desired outcomes

UNESCO’s objective is to promote the prevention of, and the fight against, doping in sport, with a view to its elimination based on the following outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of anti-doping issues;
  • Implementation of effective anti-doping programmes by all governments;
  • Development of a comprehensive global anti-doping framework.
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