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International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport


Ethical and quality standards to foster participation by all

The International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport  is a rights-based reference that orients and supports policy- and decision-making in sport.

Adopted in 1978, the original Charter was perceived as innovative at the time - as it was the first rights-based document to state that “the practice of physical education and sport is a fundamental right for all”.

Based on the universal spirit of the original Charter, and integrating the significant evolutions in the field of sport since 1978, the revised Charter  introduces universal principles such as gender equality, non-discrimination and social inclusion in and through sport. It also highlights the benefits of physical activity, the sustainability of sport, the inclusion of persons with disabilities and the protection of children.

This unique text is the expression of a common vision by all stakeholders  whether they are professional or amateur athletes, referees, public authorities, law enforcement, sports organizations, betting operators, owners of sports-related rights, the media, non-governmental organizations, administrators, educators, families, the medical profession or other stakeholders.

The Charter promotes inclusive access to sport by all without any form of discrimination. It sets ethical and quality standards for all actors designing, implementing and evaluating sport programmes and policies.

Applications of the Charter

Article 12.3 of the Charter indicates its main applications:

  • advocacy,
  • developing/ sharing indicators and other monitoring and evaluation tools,
  • education programmes,
  • exchange of good practice,
  • capacity development.

UNESCO will work with governments and other stakeholders to develop a methodology for the international follow-up to the Sport Charter.

We invite you to regularly visit this website, for our latest updates on the Sport Charter.


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