The International Convention against Doping in Sport reaches the ceiling of 180 States Parties.
A few days after the accession of Madagascar, Kiribati and Honduras, the International Convention against Doping in Sport is pleased to welcome its 180th State Party, following its ratification by Palestine.
This new ratification enables the reach of an important threshold as there are only fifteen Member States that still need to adhere to the Convention for it to have a fully global dimension, thus universalizing all values defended and promoted by countries represented at UNESCO.
Palestine’s ratification of the Convention represents a step forward in the global fight against doping and highlights the values and ethical principles embodied by the Convention. Ten years after its adoption, 92% of UNESCO Member States have adhered to the Convention, calling for optimism regarding the governmental authorities’ willingness to work together in their response to doping issues.
The 15 States that have yet to accede to the Convention are the following:
- 7 in Africa: Central African Republic, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania;
- 3 Arab States: Lebanon, Mauritania, Yemen;
- 5 in Asia and the Pacific : Afghanistan, Lao, Niue, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste.
UNESCO, the only United Nations’ organization with a mandate in the area of sport governance and policies, commends, through this new accession, the Member States’ willingness to promote clean sport.