About the Sport Programme
UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport (PES).
Assistance and guidance services are provided for governments, NGOs, and experts to debate the evolving challenges of physical education and sport. The organization also assists and advises Member States wishing to elaborate or strengthen their training system in physical education. Furthermore, it offers its expertise in the design and implementation of development programmes in the domain of sport.
And UNESCO provides guidance, advisory services and assessments in related areas such as culture and social development; for example, to promote and develop traditional sport and games.
This programme focuses on the following diverse themes:
- Sport for Peace and Development
- International Charter for Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport
- Quality Physical Education
- Traditional Sports and Games
- Women and Sport
In addition, UNESCO plays the secretariat role for the Inter-governmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS). This Committee, composed of 18 elected Member States, has been created to promote international cooperation in the sphere of physical activity to strengthening peace, friendship, understanding, and mutual respect between peoples.Back to top