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Anti-Doping Convention continues to support governments to ensure a credible sport ecosystem

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, through UNESCO’s International Convention against Doping in Sport, helps States Parties and stakeholders to better understand how to fulfil their obligations in implementing the Convention and ensuring a credible sport ecosystem. This has specifically been achieved thanks to the outcomes of the statutory meetings of the Bureau of the eighth session of the Conference of Parties (COP8) to the Convention and of the Approval Committee of the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport, both hosted by the Government of India, in New Delhi, on 21 and 22 June 2022.
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These two events contributed to strengthening synergies and agreeing on concrete and positive outcomes for all States Parties. The governance of the Convention and the Fund continues to ensure progress by shaping the global agenda through regional leadership.  

Under the leadership of the Chairperson of the COP8 Bureau, Mr Marcos Diaz (Dominican Republic), the second meeting of the COP8 Bureau addressed the need to strengthen States Parties’ capacities to improve the level of implementation of the Convention.

The COP8 Bureau took note of the work done so far by the Task Force entrusted with the improvement of the monitoring system of the Convention, and of the Task Force in charge of the revision of the regional split of governments’ funding for the World Anti-Doping Agency. It was found that it is necessary to build a more inclusive, objective and fact-based monitoring system. The Task Force will be working out-of-session on a number of priority assignments in preparation of the global consultation.

It is key that the refined monitoring system adequately translates the efforts undertaken by States Parties into an effective, objective, fact-based evaluation. The end purpose of the monitoring is to pinpoint the areas calling for action and improvement. This enables public authorities to continuously progress and to invest in those aspects that can reduce or even close compliance gaps.
Gabriela Ramos Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

The Fund’s Approval Committee is entrusted with making the best use of existing financial resources in order to narrow gaps in the implementation of the Convention.

On this occasion, Ms Ritu Sain, Director-General of India’s National Anti-Doping Agency, was elected Chairperson of the Committee.

In addition, the Committee approved several projects targeting gaps and challenges identified in the 2020-2021 national reports submitted either by Least-Developed Countries or first-time applicants. Their focus is on building and reinforcing institutional capacity, elaborating necessary legal frameworks and policies, as well as fostering values education through sport.

The Committee also adopted a series of guiding principles for future applications, refining the Fund with calibrated relevance for improved implementation.

The next meetings of the COP8 Bureau and of the Fund’s Approval Committee are scheduled to take place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in October 2022.