Regional Meeting on "Protection of the integrity of sport: an issue of governance"
In order to continue to provide effective responses to concerns linked to phenomena such as doping, corruption and manipulation of sports competition, which jeopardize the integrity and the ethical values of sport, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and UNESCO are organizing a regional meeting on sport governance to enhance interactions between public authorities, sport organizations, civil society and other stakeholders. This debate, taking the form of several roundtables, will take place in Abidjan on 6 and 7 June 2016.
The debate will focus on the principles and engagements contained in the instruments of UNESCO:
- the International Charter for Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (revised in 2015), a reference based on principles and rights which recognizes the important role of sport as an “enabler” of sustainable development and peace, as announced in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations;
- the International Convention against Doping in Sport (2005) which offers an almost universal legal framework to align the efforts of governments and the sport movement in the fight against doping in sport; and
- the Berlin Declaration, adopted in Berlin during the 5th World Conference of Sports Ministers (MINEPS V) of 2013, which represents a global consensus on the challenges to and priorities of sport policies.
The Abidjan meeting will also provide an opportunity for discussions and exchanges among stakeholder, notably among public authorities and the sport movement as key players in the protection of the integrity of sport, with the experts’ contributions to foster debate on lessons regarding good practices at the national, regional and international level.
The outcomes of the meeting, including its recommendations, will help inform the interministerial conference on the occasion of the Francophonie Games, in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), from 21 to 30 July 2017.
Results will also be presented to sports ministers attending the 6th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) in Kazan, Russian Federation, from 14 to 16 June 2017; to sports ministers of the Conference of the Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport, Paris, September 2017; and to the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in its working meetings in the Republic of Korea, September 2016, and in Saudi Arabia, March 2017.