June 7, 2006
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Reinforced Cooperation between UNESCO and WADA

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Richard W. Pound, and the Director General of WADA, David Howman discussed yesterday in Montreal, Canada, a range of crucial issues in the fight against doping in sport, in particular, cooperation between the two organizations and implementation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, adopted by UNESCO.

Mr Matsuura and Mr Pound identified the entry into force of the International Convention against Doping in Sport as an urgent priority. “The Convention represents the first time that Governments around the world have decided to apply the force of international law to the fight against doping in sport. It is essential that Governments complete this task quickly to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and excel in doping-free sport. Governments must now do their part and match the commitments of the sporting movement,” they urged. “Concerning the development of anti-doping education and training programmes for young people,” they added, “we believe that it is essential to educate the athletes of tomorrow and to build resilience among young people across the globe. We are at a critical juncture in the fight against doping in sport, but we are confident we can achieve this through a rapid and effective implementation of the Convention.”

“We are convinced of the need for the international community to provide an honest and equitable environment for all athletes,” declared Mr Matsuura and Mr Pound. “This Memorandum,” they underlined, “will enable UNESCO and WADA to promote, within the limits of our respective mandates and priorities, the implementation of the relevant clauses of the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Convention against Doping in Sport.”

The two organizations, on this occasion, reiterated their commitment to combine the resources of sports and governments to enhance, supplement, and coordinate existing efforts to educate athletes about the harm of doping, reinforce the ideal of fair play, and sanction those who cheat.

“We have worked closely over the past years, and will continue to do so, drawing upon our common expertise to pursue the fight against doping in sport,” underlined Mr Matsuura and Mr Howman. “This signifies cooperating in the development of anti-doping education and training programmes for young people, and also encouraging cooperation between national authorities and intergovernmental organizations competent in the fight against doping. We are confident that if we can effectively instil values of fair play they will have a lasting impact,” they added.

On 19 October 2005, the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference unanimously adopted the International Convention against Doping in Sport. WADA’s normative documents were integrated into the Convention as Annexes and Appendices. Thirty Member States must deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to bring the Convention into force. This has been done by 13 Member States to date: Sweden, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Monaco, Iceland, Cook Islands, Nigeria, Latvia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Nauru.