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Background to the Convention
UNESCO responded to the calls from the international community in developing the Convention. At the Third International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS III) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in December 1999, consideration was given to ethical values in sport. Ministers expressed concern over unethical behavior, in particular doping in sport, and urged all countries to take concerted action. Following a Ministerial Round Table held at UNESCO in January 2003, fresh momentum led to the decision of the 32nd session of the UNESCO General Conference to tackle the question of doping in sport through an international convention.

The Convention was developed after extensive drafting and consultation meetings involving representatives from over 95 countries. It was required to provide the force of international law to the fight against doping and to ensure that all governments have a legal commitment to implement the World Anti-Doping Code, uniting the sporting movement and governments in this cause.

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