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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
08-05-2004 3:30 am Representatives of UNESCO’s Member States will examine the preliminary draft of an international convention against doping in sport during a second intergovernmental meeting* at UNESCO May 10 to 14. Ko´chiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, will open the meeting on May 10 at 10 a.m. (Room XII). More than 100 legal experts and sports specialists, particularly on the subject of anti-doping, are expected.

UNESCO was requested to elaborate an international convention against doping in sport at a Round Table of Ministers of Physical Education and Sport, held at the Organization’s Headquarters in January 2003 in which ministers and senior officials from 103 countries participated. UNESCO’s General Conference approved this request in October 2003.

An ad hoc committee of experts, composed of representatives from 19 countries and eight international organizations, elaborated a first draft convention. The committee, convened by UNESCO’s Director-General, met three times, in June, November and December 2003. The preliminary draft has already been examined by a first intergovernmental meeting held January 19 to 23.

Following the second intergovernmental meeting, the Director-General will send a preliminary report and new preliminary draft convention to UNESCO’s 190 Member States. After this consultation, the draft convention will be examined by the Fourth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS IV) before the end of 2004. It will then be submitted to the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005, in order to be adopted before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin (Italy).

*Plenary sessions are open to the press.

Journalists wishing to cover the meeting must be accredited by the Press Relations Section of UNESCO,
tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48

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