First meeting of the Working Group for the development of Operational Guidelines and a framework of consequences for non-compliance with the International Convention against Doping in Sport
A key outcome of the Sixth Conference of Parties to the Anti-Doping Convention (COP6, 25-26 September 2017) is the development of strategic and sustainable tools aimed at empowering and optimizing the capacity and ownership of States Parties. They recognized the need to develop Operational Guidelines of the Convention and a framework of consequences for non-compliance with the Convention. For this purpose, an open Working Group of States Parties was established and its first meeting will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on 26 March.
Further to COP6 and in follow-up to Resolution 6CP/5, States Parties were invited by the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences to express their interest in being part of the Working Group. Twenty-six States Parties have so far designated experts.
The Working Group will hold four sessions until the end of 2018. This first meeting will lay the foundation and establish the governance structure and working methods of the Group. Participants will also discuss the first draft of the Operational Guidelines of the Convention, as prepared by the Secretariat.
The Operational Guidelines of the Convention and the framework of consequences for non-compliance with the Convention will pave the road for significant progress towards a thorough implementation of the Convention and increased visibility.