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International Convention against Doping in Sport: 41 States will take part in first Conference of States Parties

The first session of the Conference of States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport will be convened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, from 5 to 7 February 2007 at Organization Headquarters. It will bring together the 41 States* that will have ratified the Convention by 31 December 2006 and will take place just a few days after its entry into force, on 1 February.

Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee; Jean-François Lamour, Vice Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and French Minister for Youth, Sports and Associations; as well as Vyacheslav Fetisov, President of Russia’s Federal Agency for Sport, Physical Education and Tourism and UNESCO Champion for Sport, are expected to attend the meeting, which was described by the Director-General of UNESCO as a “decisive step in the process undertaken by the international community to wage war at all levels against the scourge of doping in sport.”

Adopted unanimously by the General Conference of UNESCO on 19 October 2005, the Convention was ratified by 41 States in record time. The fight against doping was thus inscribed for the first time in international law, and governments, sports federations and civil society - as well as the Olympic movement - were provided with a binding legal instrument.

The Director-General welcomed the speed with which it entered into force and expressed “the wish that many other States ratify the Convention so as to reinforce further the universal impact of this instrument.” Last December, when the 30th State ratified the Convention, he declared that “we are sending a strong signal to young people and to the sporting world – both amateur and professional […]. The war on doping is an educational choice, an ethical combat for human rights, and a wager on life.”

Justine Hénin-Hardenne, named UNESCO Champion for Sport on 14 December 2006, has pledged to place her celebrity at the service of the struggle against doping in sport and of educating the young generations about the risk it represents. A message from the tennis champion will be screened during the opening of the first conference of States Parties.

During this first meeting, States Parties will elect a Bureau, adopt rules of procedure and create a Voluntary Contribution Fund for the elimination of doping in sport. They will also decide on changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.

* Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Denmark, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

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Publication Date 05 Jan 2007
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