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International partners

Fight against doping 

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Created in 1999 under the impetus of the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the International Olympic Committee, WADA’s mission is to fight against doping in order to preserve and promote the fundamental values of sport.
The Council of Europe delegates 2 representatives from the ‘Europe’ region for the WADA Foundation Board. The first represents the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the second comes from a non-European Union country. The Council of Europe also provides information and co-ordination support to the agency’s bodies.
Furthermore, the Council of Europe plays an active role in WADA policy-making. It co-operates in particular in certain areas by discussing texts produced by WADA or by taking part in activities organised by the agency.
Website: http://www.wada-ama.org

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)
The co-operation between the Council of Europe and Unesco, based on a 1952 agreement, has undergone productive developments, often going beyond the formal framework originally laid down.
The preparation by Unesco of an international anti-doping convention has implied intensive co-operation between our 2 organisations. The aim is to ensure a complementarity between the conventions of the 2 organisations and to adopt a co-ordinated approach to monitoring and policy controls.
In order to do this, representatives of the Council of Europe have actively participated in conferences and meetings to draw up the convention. Unesco was represented at the 10th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport in 2004 and at the 20th Meeting of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO).
Likewise, the Council of Europe is invited to the annual meetings of Unesco’s Advisory Council of the Intergovernmental Committee on Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS).
Website : www.unesco.org

Prevention of spectator violence 

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
FIFA participates at meetings of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (T-RV).
For the World Cup football tournaments, the Council of Europe ensures the co-ordination, between the authorities of countries participating in the competition, of police co-operation and the prevention of spectator violence.
Website: http://www.fifa.com

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
UEFA participates at meetings of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (T-RV).
For the European football championships, the Council of Europe ensures the co-ordination, between the authorities of countries participating in the competition, of police co-operation and the prevention of spectator violence.
Website: http://www.uefa.com

Other 

International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)
ISCA is an international association bringing together different ‘Sport for All’ associations from all over the world. ISCA has the status of Observer of the Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS) and attends its annual meetings. ISCA also regularly joins conferences of European Ministers responsible for Sport.
Website: http://www.isca-web.org/

The European Olympic Committees
The European Olympic Committees are represented at conferences of European Ministers responsible for Sport and also indirectly through ENGSO.
Website: http://www.eurolympic.org

European Commission Sport Unit
The sports departments of our two organisations keep in contact through regular liaison meetings and events. The European Union is represented at conferences of European Ministers for Sport and was also present at the CDDS meeting in March 2005. Likewise, the Council of Europe is invited to European Sports Forums organised by the European Commission.
The European Year of Education through Sport in 2004 was the opportunity for increased partnership that led to the organisation of a series of conferences and workshops, the “European Crossroads – sport, the front door to democracy”.
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/sport/index_en.htm

The European Sports Conference (ESC)
The European Sports Conference is a consultative conference organised every 2 years since 1991. The main representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations from across Europe take part. The Sport Department of the Council of Europe also attends. The XVIIIth conference will take place in Romania in 2007.

International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
ICSSPE’s main purpose is to serve as an international “umbrella” organisation concerned with the promotion and dissemination of results and findings in the field of sports science and their practical application in cultural and educational contexts.
Website: www.icsspe.org

European Women and Sports (EWS)
EWS is a working group which campaigns for equal opportunities in sport.
Website: http://www.ews-online.org/en/

European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF)
EGLSF is a non-governmental sports organisation working for the integration of gays and lesbians in sport. This NGO holds participatory status in the Council of Europe.
Website: www.gaysport.info

International Military Sports Council (CISM)
Made up of 126 member States, the CISM is the highest authority on military sport. The CISM is a partner in the “Ballons Rouges” project and also takes part in the meetings of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO).
Website: www.cism-milsport.com

European Non-Governmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO)
ENGSO is a pan-European, non-governmental organisation and holds advisory status in the Council of Europe.
As well as being involved in a permanent exchange of information, ENGSO also attends the annual meetings of the Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS), conferences of European Ministers responsible for Sport and the CDDS Bureau meeting, which takes place 3 times a year.
In 2004, in the framework of the European Year of Education through Sport, the Sport Department of the Council of Europe organised a series of conferences and workshops called the “European Crossroads – sport, the front door to democracy” in partnership with the ENGSO Youth section.
Website: www.engso.com

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