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Regional meeting in Abidjan on sport governance and integrity

Paris, 3 June—The Government of Côte d’Ivoire and UNESCO will host a regional experts meeting on the protection of sport integrity and issues of sport governance in Abidjan, from 6 to 7 June. The meeting is part of UNESCO’s commitment to promote ethics and values in sport.



In order to continue providing effective responses to concerns such as doping, corruption and manipulation of sports competition, which jeopardize the integrity and the ethical values of sport, the government of Côte d’Ivoire and UNESCO are working together to strengthen sport governance to enhance interactions between public authorities, sport organizations, civil society and other stakeholders.


This debate will focus on the principles and commitments of UNESCO’s key instruments:

  • the Berlin Declaration, adopted during the 5th International Conference of Ministers for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V) of 2013, which represents the global consensus on the challenges to and priorities of sport policies.

The Abidjan meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders, including public authorities, the sport movement, and experts, to exchange views about lessons learned and best practices at the national, regional and international levels.


The outcomes of the meeting, including its recommendations, will help inform the ministerial conference on the occasion of the Francophonie Games in Abidjan, from 21 to 30 July 2017. They will be presented to sports ministers attending MINEPS VI in Kazan, Russian Federation, in July 2017, ministers at the Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport (UNESCO Headquarters, September 2017), and to the Bureau of the Conference of Parties, which is engaged in a reflection to guide UNESCO and States Parties on the protection of sport integrity.

Contact: Evelyne Deba, UNESCO Office in Abidjan, Tel.: +(225) 22 52 70 20,

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