What is the Sport Charter?

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The revised International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport, adopted during UNESCO’s 38th General Conference (November 2015) is an update of the original International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, adopted at the 20th General Conference (1978).

The revision of the Charter involved experts and practitioners from governments, sports organizations, academia and NGOs. This new version was carefully examined through sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) and its Permanent Consultative Council (PCC), as well as UNESCO’s Executive Board. It is a follow-up to the Declaration of Berlin that was adopted by 600 participants from 121 countries, as an outcome of the 5th World Conference of Sport Ministers (MINEPS V).

In twelve brief articles, the revised Charter serves as a universal reference on the ethical and quality standards of physical education, physical activity and sport. While preserving the initial intention of the 1978 Charter, this new document also represents a renewed commitment of the international sports community to actively promote sport as a catalyst for peace and development.

The Quality Physical Education Policy Project illustrates how principles and recommendations stipulated in the Charter can be translated into action through indicators, benchmarks and other tools.

The Charter in a glimpse

  • Access to sport as a fundamental right for all

Article 1 - The practice of physical education, physical activity and sport is a fundamental right for all

  • The values and benefits of sport

Article 2 - Physical education, physical activity and sport can yield a wide range of benefits to individuals, communities and society at large

Article 11 - Physical education, physical activity and sport can play an important role in the realization of development, peace and post-conflict and post-disaster objectives

  • Quality and ethical principles

Article 4 - Physical education, physical activity and sport programmes must inspire lifelong participation

Article 5 – All stakeholders must ensure that their activities are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable

Article 6 - Research, evidence and evaluation are indispensable components for the development of physical education, physical activity and sport

Article 7 - Teaching, coaching and administration of physical education, physical activity and sport must be performed by qualified personnel

Article 8 - Adequate and safe spaces, facilities and equipment are essential to quality physical education, physical activity and sport

Article 9 - Safety and the management of risk are necessary conditions of quality provision

Article 10 - Protection and promotion of the integrity and ethical values of physical education, physical activity and sport must be a constant concern for all

  • The roles of different stakeholders

Article 3 – All stakeholders must participate in creating a strategic vision, identifying policy potions and priorities

Article 12 – International cooperation is a prerequisite for enhancing the scope and impact of physical education, physical activity and sport

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