10.11.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport


The Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport will take place from 14 to 16 November at UNESCO Headquarters. Representatives of the signatory States and of national anti-doping organizations will participate in this event to ensure the implementation of the Convention.

The Conference will be opened by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova; the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), John Fahey; the President of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee, Arne Ljungqvist; and the President of the Anti-Doping Commission of the International Paralympic Committee, Toni Pascual. Also present will be Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics from the United Kingdom, and David Douillet, the French Minister for Sport, alongside other ministers and high-level participants.

The Conference of Parties will examine the administration of the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport created by UNESCO. With a budget of three million dollars, the goal of the Fund is to help national and international anti-doping projects. It has been operational since 2008, and has already enabled the implementation of over 60 projects in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific Region.

The Conference will also study the results of the electronic compliance monitoring system established by UNESCO. This on-line system is a first for a United Nations Convention and allows a harmonized follow-up of all the anti-doping programmes established by the signatory governments as well as their national authorities. Moreover, the list of substances and methods prohibited in sport, which is updated every year by the WADA, will be submitted for adoption.

Finally, the Conference will be the occasion for WADA to present a report on the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code, which will be revised in 2012.

The International Convention against Doping in Sport was adopted unanimously by UNESCO’s General Conference on October 19th 2005 and has been ratified by 162 States to date.

For accreditation or media information  contact:
Isabelle Le Fournis, UNESCO press service. Tel : +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 48.
Email : i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org

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