CIFP at CIGEPS Session 2016
The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) participated in the Ordinary Session and Joint Meeting with the Permanent Consultative Council (PCC) of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS).
The event which took place in the enchanting Principality of Monaco at the end of February had important topics on the agenda. Namely, presentation on the preparations for the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) to be organised in Kazan in 2017 was held by the hosts.
Moreover, CIGEPS and PCC members had the opportunity to present an overview of national or international activities undertaken since the 2014 CIGEPS Plenary Session highlighting concrete measures taken with regard to the promotion and implementation of the Declaration of Berlin adopted by MINEPS V, and of the revised International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport adopted by the General Conference at its 38th session.
Since its foundation by international sports federations and the UNESCO in 1963, the mission of the International Fair Play Committee is the worldwide defence and promotion of fair play. In order to fulfil its mission and with the aim of conveying the message of sportsmanship to the young generation of athletes, the CIFP developed a fair play education programme tailored specifically to young athletes aged between 15 and 18. At the invitation of the International Olympic Committee the CIFP has had the opportunity to present this programme within the framework of the Learn & Share activities of the Youth Olympic Games. Since the inception of the event in 2010, also including the Nanjing 2014 and Lillehammer 2016 editions, the messages of sportsmanship reached thousands of young people.
Concerning further important activities of the CIFP, the organisation has been involved in a sports values education project initiated by UNESCO. It also organises annual award events to highlight and commemorate fair play acts and also conferences to spread the values of fair play worldwide.
Last but not least, at the end of the Session, following a preliminary evaluation the membership of the PCC members, including that of the CIFP, were renewed in accordance with the resolution of CIGEPS. Furthermore, new applications submitted by the Commonwealth, Council of Europe, Swiss Academy for Development, UNI World Athletes as well as Women Sport International were approved.
Following fruitful discussions of the participants, the efficient two-day Session was closed having the successful organisation of the upcoming MINEPS VI in view.
What is CIGEPS?
The Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) was established in 1978 to promote the role and value of sport and its inclusion in public policy. CIGEPS is comprised of expert representatives in the field of physical education and sport from 18 UNESCO Member States, each elected for a four year term. The Permanent Consultative Council (PCC), comprising key sport federations, UN agencies and NGOs, provides technical support and advice to the Committee.
What is the potential of CIGEPS?
Through CIGEPS, UNESCO has a unique ability to drive government action in the field of sport and physical education and to ensure the implementation of effective sport policies and programmes around the world. Due to its intergovernmental nature, CIGEPS has the potential to bring Member States together and to engage governments in coordinated international efforts to optimize the tangible socio-economic benefits of sport and physical education programmes and their potential to deliver a high return on investment.
For further information on CIGEPS, please see: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/physical-education-and-sport/cigeps/