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Governance of the Anti-Doping Convention

The Conference of Parties (COP) is the sovereign body of the Convention. It has overall responsibility for its implementation. 

The functions of the COP, as foreseen in Article 30 of the Convention, include: 

  • promotion of the purpose of the Convention; 
  • discussion of the relationship with the World Anti-Doping Agency; 
  • adoption of a plan for the use of the resources of the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport;
  • examination of the monitoring of compliance with the Convention and the reports submitted by States Parties; and 
  • examination and adoption of any amendments to the Convention

The COP usually meets in ordinary session at UNESCO Headquarters every two years; the meetings of the COP are managed according to its Rules of Procedure

In addition to States Parties and other Member States of UNESCO, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is invited as an advisory organization to the Conference. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Council of Europe (CoE), the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) and other intergovernmental sports organizations are invited as observers.


Sessions of the Conference of Parties


Bureau of the Conference of Parties

The Bureau coordinates the work of the Conference of Parties and order of business of the session. 

For the 2020-2021 exercise, the COP7 Bureau is composed of: 


  • Mr Marcos Diaz (Dominican Republic)


  • Mr Hitesh Patel (United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland)


  • China (People's Republic of)
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal

COP7 Bureau

COP6 Bureau meetings

COP5 Bureau meetings

COP4 Bureau meetings