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The Brazilian Anti-Doping Authority (ABCD) and UNESCO signed cooperation agreement

The Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (ABCD) and UNESCO signed this week an international cooperation agreement which foresees a series of joint actions on information, education, prevention, capacity-building and doping control.

Doping, being understood as the use of drugs or other means to illegally improve athletes’ performance in competitions, is a threat to ethics in sport and can be a serious risk, not only as a health hazard, but also as a menace to the intrinsic human values related to the sport practice.

The three-year cooperation agreement shall reinforce the Brazilian Anti-Doping Programme (PAB) through the development of studies  and scientific research, the elaboration of diagnoses, the production of pedagogical and informative content and, finally, the organization of seminars, courses and other national and international for to disseminate best-practices on education and fight against doping. For that purpose, the project will enable the recruitment of national and international health and education experts.

The mandate of ABCD and UNESCO in the fight against doping
ABCD was created the very end of 2011 inspired by the best models of world doping control institutions. The creation of a national anti-doping authority follows the Brazilian commitment in hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also meets the request of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA-AMA) to build a specific and independent national anti-doping bureau.

UNESCO is the lead UN agency for sport and physical education. Besides its international role in that area – for which the International Chart of Sport and Physical Education (1978) and the Convention Against Doping in Sport (2005) are well known reference documents – the Organization has been supporting its member-states in projects and concrete actions for ensuring access to sport as a human right with a focus on culture of peace and the fight against discrimination of all kind.

In that sense, UNESCO has provide international guidance in that area, most particularly through the regular meetings of the Conference of Parties of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (ratified by Brazil in 2007) and through its Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport which has supported over 100 projects related to fair play and anti-doping education.

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