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SHS e-news No. 10 – January 2007 – The International Convention against Doping in Sport - a wager on life

2007-01-08 11:00 pm

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS), wishes you all the best for 2007. We hope this year there will be more and more of us working for peace.

In some respects, as far as UNESCO is concerned, this New Year is starting off with “a wager on life” because on 1 February next, the International Convention against Doping in Sport will come into force.

This Convention was unanimously adopted on 19 October 2005 by UNESCO’s General Conference, and ratified by 30 States in record time. “No other international standard-setting instrument elaborated by UNESCO has been ratified so rapidly”, the Director-General of the Organization, Koïchiro Matsuura, declared recently, adding: “The struggle against doping is a choice of education, an ethical combat for human rights, and a wager on life. Thanks to this Convention, the anti-doping struggle is brought for the first time into the realm of international law. Governments, sporting federations, the Olympic movement and civil society now have a veritable, legally-binding international instrument.”

Other events in the first quarter of 2007:----- For more detailed information on any of these events -----
Agenda of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda
UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector website: www.unesco.org/shs
SHSViews website: www.unesco.org/shs/views

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----- Contacts -----
John Crowley, Chief of Section, SHS/EO/CIP: j.crowley@unesco.org
Cathy Bruno-Capvert, Editor, SHS Views: c.bruno-capvert@unesco.org
Irakli Khodeli, Press Assistant: i.khodeli@unesco.org
Petra van Vucht Tijssen, Webmaster: p.van-vucht-tijssen@unesco.org

Author(s) UNESCO - Social and Human Sciences Sector
Keywords anti-doping, conventions, doping, sport

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