Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS)
What is CIGEPS?
The Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) was established in 1978 to promote the role and value of sport and its inclusion in public policy. CIGEPS is comprised of expert representatives in the field of physical education and sport from 18 UNESCO Member States, each elected for a four year term. The Permanent Consultative Council (PCC), comprising key sport federations, UN agencies and NGOs, provides technical support and advice to the Committee.
What is the potential of CIGEPS?
Through CIGEPS, UNESCO has a unique ability to drive government action in the field of sport and physical education and to ensure the implementation of effective sport policies and programmes around the world. Due to its intergovernmental nature, CIGEPS has the potential to bring Member States together and to engage governments in coordinated international efforts to optimize the tangible socio-economic benefits of sport and physical education programmes and their potential to deliver a high return on investment. CIGEPS:
- engages government representatives and the sports movement to drive international efforts in the area of sport and physical education
- provides technical advice, commissions research and identifies good practices to develop policy recommendations
- reinforces accountability of governments through the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of policies
- provides a platform for key decision-makers to exchange experiences.
Key CIGEPS research projects 2012-2013
CIGEPS Members have adopted two research projects to undertake in 2012-2013:
- the development of international indicators on quality physical education aimed at reversing the global decline in physical education provision and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, particularly among youth. Emphasis will be placed on inclusion from the outset, with respect to gender equality, persons with disabilities and marginalized populations;
- a cogent analysis of the socio-economic benefits of sport designed to present the evidence of the return on public investment in sport. The project, targeting decision makers, aims at countering a lack of investment in sport and promoting the valuable contribution that sport can make across all sectors of society.
Both of these projects will inform discussions during the forthcoming fifth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V) to be held in Berlin (Germany), from 28 to 30 May 2013.
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