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UNESCO celebrates 100th ratification of Anti-Doping Convention
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The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Director-General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), David Howman, will host a press conference on Wednesday 12 November at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris to celebrate the 100th ratification of the International Convention against Doping in Sport (Room IX, 4 p.m.).
The Convention, adopted by UNESCO in 2005, entered into force in February 2007. It provides an international framework for the harmonization of rules and policies concerning the fight against doping in sport. It contributes to the integration of the World Anti-Doping Code into international law and obliges States to take measures that conform to its principles.

A Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, created under the terms of the Convention, has now become operational. Its purpose is to help the least developed and lowest income countries finance the development and implementation of programmes to fight doping in sport.

The sports ministers of France and Spain, Bernard Laporte and Jaime Lissavetzky Diez, are also expected to attend the event along with the Director-General of China’s General Administration of Sports, Jiang Zhixue. The historical milestone will be marked with a commemorative photo featuring the Ambassadors from most of the 100 countries that have ratified the Convention. 

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Author(s) UNESCOPRESS Media Advisory No.2008-81
Publication Date 07-11-2008

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