First intergovernmental meeting on preliminary draft of the international convention against dopingParis, January 15 – Representatives of UNESCO’s 190 Member States will be consulted on the Preliminary Draft of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport at a first intergovernmental meeting* from January 19 to 23 at UNESCO Headquarters. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will open the meeting at 10.00 am on January 19 in Room IV. About 300 experts in law and sport, particularly those specializing in the fight against doping, are expected to attend.
Adolf Ogi, Former President of Switzerland and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)**, David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will address the opening session.
A round table of high-ranking officials and ministers of physical education and sport from 103 countries, held in January 2003, recommended that UNESCO develop a convention to fight doping in sport. This recommendation was adopted by UNESCO's General Conference in 2003.
There is currently no such standard-setting instrument against doping in sport. The European Anti-Doping Charter for Sport (1984), the Olympic Charter (1988), the Anti-Doping Convention adopted by the Council of Europe (1989), the Code of Conduct against Doping in Sport adopted by the Council of European Communities (1992) and the World Anti-Doping Code adopted by WADA (2003) are all limited in scope. The UNESCO convention will be the first intergovernmental, universal and legally binding instrument in the fight against doping in sport.
The Preliminary Draft of the convention that will be examined during this first intergovernmental meeting was developed by an ad hoc group of experts from 19 countries and eight international organizations appointed by UNESCO’s Director-General. The group has held three meetings in June, November and December 2003.
The resulting Draft of the convention should be ready for examination by the Fourth International Conference of Ministers of Sport and Physical Education (MINEPS IV), which will take place in Athens from August 10 to 12, on the eve of the Summer Olympic Games. It should then be submitted to the 33rd UNESCO General Conference in October 2005 in order for it to be adopted in time for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
*Only the opening session of the meeting is open to the media.
** On January 19, Koïchiro Matsuura and Jacques Rogge will sign a cooperation agreement between UNESCO and the IOC