Germany to host the 2013 UNESCO Conference of World Sport Ministers
The fifth UNESCO World Sport Ministers Conference will be held in Berlin from 28 to 30 May 2013, organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with UNESCO and with the help of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. The necessary agreement between UNESCO and the Federal Republic of Germany was signed in Paris on Friday.
The conference will focus on the fight against match-fixing, corruption and doping in order to maintain the integrity of sport. The agenda will also include the topic of participation in and through sport, especially with regard to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and encouraging more girls and women to take part in sport. A third focus will be promoting investment in sport and physical education programmes and discussing standards for large-scale sporting events.
"I am delighted that we won the bid to host the World Sport Ministers Conference next year," said Federal Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich. About 500 persons are expected to attend the conference in Berlin, most of them ministers responsible for sport in the 195 UNESCO member states and eight associate members, as well as experts and delegations from the United Nations, other international organizations, major international sport organizations and NGOs.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior will convene national working groups made up of experts from government and non-governmental organizations, sport federations and the research community as well as practitioners from the world of sport in order to prepare Germany's policy positions on the conference topics.