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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945 with the mission to “build peace in the minds of men”. As the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport (PES), UNESCO provides assistance, guidance and services to governments, NGOs and experts, to consolidate and develop the increasingly diverse issues relating to sport.

In recent decades, UNESCO has committed itself to the creation of appropriate mechanisms to achieve its goals of cooperation and development. In line with this commitment UNESCO has established: -

  • The International Charter on Physical Education and Sport;
  • The International Convention against Doping in Sport;
  • The Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport;
  • Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport;
  • The Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS);
  • The Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS);
  • The International Fund for Developing Physical Education and Sport (FIDEPS).

UNESCO (2009), Sport for Development and Peace: Proceedings of the Kingston International Congress, Jamaica, 13-16 September 2008, Paris, France. 

UNESCO (2009), Sport for Development and Peace: Proceedings of the Zanzibar Ministerial Round Table, United Republic of Tanzania, 8-10 September 2008, Paris France

UNESCO (2008), Rattus Holmes in the case of the spoilsports: English; French; Spanish, Paris, France.

UNESCO (2008), Handbook for the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport, Paris, France.

UNESCO (2006), Anti-Doping Education Brochure, UNESCO/WADA.

UNESCO (2005), International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) IV, Athens, Greece, 2004: English; French; Spanish 

UNESCO (2004), UNESCO Seminar on the Quality of Physical Education and Sport: Final Report, Porto Novo, Benin.

Wojciech Liponski (2003), World Sports Encyclopedia 2003, Atena, Poznan, Poland.

UNESCO (2001), International Friendship Encounter: sport for a culture of peace, Welcome Byzance, Schiltigheim, France.



Rabah Madjer, Football, Algeria

Davaajargal Munkhbat (Hakuho), Sumo wrestling, Mongolia

David Douillet, Judo, France

Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé), Football, Brazil

Jaqueline Silva, Volleyball, Brazil

Justine Henin, Tennis, Belgium

Michael Schumacher, Formula 1, Germany

Sergey Bubka, Pole vault, Ukraine

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Athletics, Jamaica

Virgilijus Alekna, Discus throwing, Lithuania

Vitaliy & Wladimir Klitschko, Boxing, Ukraine

Vyacheslav Fetisov, Ice hockey, Russia

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Programmatic Focal Points:

UNESCO Headquarters:
Chief of the Youth, Sport and Physical Education Section
E-mail: g.elkhoury@unesco.org

UNESCO Office Dar Es Salam:
Mr. Marcellin DALLY
E-mail: m.dally@unesco.org

Communications Focal Points: 

Youth, Sport and Physical Education Section:

E-mail: sport@unesco.org

Champions for Sport:

Mrs. Basma IRSHEID
Chief of Section of UNESCO Celebrity Advocates
E-mail: b.irsheid@unesco.org

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London/New York (UN News Centre) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took part in the traditional torch run ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which start on Saturday in London, in the United Kingdom.
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Source: UNESCO – No less than 30.000 people, including many families, came to the charity match organized by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Rabah Madjer, on Monday 23 April 2012 at 5.30 pm at the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers (Algeria), for the profit of UNESCO programmes on African Youth.
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