4 June 2015

UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention ratification reaches 179 countries after Kiribati and Honduras sign-up

Americas region reaches 100% completion as Oceania edges closer to the mark

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that Kiribati and Honduras have become the 178th and 179th countries respectively to ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport.

The new signatures mean that every UNESCO State Party within the Americas region has now completed its ratification of the Convention, and, further, there now remain just 16 countries globally that have yet to become signatories. The result of the two new signatures is that 98% of the world’s population has now pledged its full commitment to clean sport.

“At WADA, it is our priority to ensure that a clean sport culture reaches each and every corner of the world,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “With Kiribati and Honduras signing up to the Convention, we have edged a bit closer to achieving that goal. I would like to offer my personal thanks to the Kiribati Minister of Sport, the Honorable Tangariki Reete, and to the Honduras Director of Sport, Mr. Orlando Pérez Morazán, for nailing their countries’ colours to the anti-doping mast,” added Reedie.         

“We will continue to work tirelessly in the coming months to encourage the remaining 16 countries to put pen to paper and provide their formal backing to clean sport by signing this Convention.”

The International Convention against Doping in Sport, which was adopted on 19 October 2005, is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. Given that many governments cannot be bound by a non-governmental document such as the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the Convention allows governments to align their domestic policies with the Code, thus harmonizing the rules governing anti-doping in sport and public legislation. Under UNESCO standards, the Convention has set records in terms of the speed with which it was prepared, adopted and ratified.