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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is actively involved in the anti-doping fight because of its desire to preserve fair and equitable sport and to protect young people involved in sport.


The International Convention against Doping in Sport was established to provide a mechanism which binds governments to the fight against doping in sport.

Signatory governments or State Parties are required to take specific action to:

  • Restrict the availability of prohibited substances or methods to athletes (except for legitimate medical purposes) including measures against trafficking;
  • Facilitate doping controls and support national testing programmes;
  • Withhold financial support from athletes and athlete support personnel who commit an anti-doping rule violation, or from sporting organizations that are not in compliance with the Code;
  • Encourage producers and distributors of nutritional supplements to establish ‘best practice' in the labelling, marketing and distribution of products which might contain prohibited substances;
  • Support the provision of anti-doping education to athletes and the wider sporting community.


Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport 

The Convention also provides much needed financial resources to State Parties to develop anti-doping education and prevention programmes through the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport managed by UNESCO.



Broadly this means programmes which enhance:

  • Anti-doping activities at the national level
  • International cooperation
  • Education and training
  • Research

The maximum amount of assistance for each national project is USD$20,000 and the maximum amount of assistance for each sub-regional, inter-regional or regional project is USD$50,000.

UNESCO has published a Handbook outlining the administration and management of the Fund. It explains the application process and includes application forms and other model documents.

For more information and inspiration on the application process, refer to the following resources.