This opening address was delivered on his behalf by Mr Marcio Barbosa, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO.
In his address, Mr Matsuura emphasized the considerable progress made in the fight against doping in sport with the unanimous adoption on 19 October 2005 by the UNESCO Conference of the International Convention against Doping in Sport. “As of today, there are 70 States Parties to the Convention […]. It was very encouraging to have States Parties from all of the regions of the world sign up to the Convention. This demonstrates the unswerving commitment of all governments to anti-doping, and gives practical demonstration to the principles of harmonization and cooperation enshrined in the Convention”, he underlined.
Noting the critical importance of raising public awareness and investing in prevention through education programmes, the Director-General called upon Member States to continue providing financial support to the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport. This Fund was established to assist all States Parties with the development and implementation of anti-doping programmes consistent with the Convention, with a strong emphasis on youth and sports organizations; development of legislation, regulation, policies and administrative practices; and mentoring and capacity development programmes.
“We are at a critical juncture in the fight against doping in sport. Considerable progress has been made to date. However, there is much more to be done. I call on Governments to play their part, and to take all the necessary measures to comply with the provisions of the International Convention against Doping in Sport. I also call on the sporting movement to fulfil its responsibility to implement the World Anti-Doping Code, adopted in 2003. I encourage you to learn from each other’s experiences and to work together to construct a comprehensive anti-doping regime. Our responsibilities are clear and our commitment remains steadfast. Together, we can eliminate doping, and ensure that sport is once again a source of inspiration for all”, Mr Matsuura concluded.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 175-2007 - Publication Date: 16-11-2007