The Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Sports values supports states in promoting human dignity and equality and combating discrimination through the effective implementation of legally binding, ground-breaking Conventions , many of them unique in the world.

Their implementation is monitored either by independent experts or by the Committee of Parties, or both.  These Conventions are completed by a number of recommendations, strategies, handbooks and toolkits that support the development of policies to facilitate their implementation. Efforts are increasingly placed on making the difference on the ground by bridging the gap between the jure and de facto situation. The Directorate also seeks to enhance integrity of sport, notably through its unique Conventions, and to contribute towards promoting the Council of Europe’s values through sport.

The Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Sport values implements the activities under its responsibility in the Programme and Budget.

Organisation chart of the Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Sport values

Equality and Human Dignity Department

  • Protecting and promoting children’s rights, and combating sexual exploitation and abuse of children through the Lanzarote Convention, which criminalises all forms of sexual violence against children, and its monitoring mechanism
  • Combating trafficking in human beings through the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings which protects victims and ensures that their rights are respected; compliance is monitored by independent experts (GRETA)
  • Preventing and combating violence against women through the “Istanbul Convention” which criminalises nine forms of violence; compliance is monitored by independent experts (GREVIO);
  • Promoting equality for all, notably ensuring gender equality, the application of human rights standards regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and the respect of the rights of persons with disabilities

Partial Agreement on the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

  • Contributing to sustainable and equitable growth in Europe. Responding to emergency situations and helping finance social projects

Sport Division (Conventions and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS))

  • Assisting the Committees in charge of monitoring the European Spectator Violence Convention, the Anti-Doping Convention and the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. In addition, CAHAMA is co-ordinating the position of European Governments within and towards the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Developing and promoting new standards in the field of sports policies, as well as organising Conferences of Ministers responsible for sport and co-operation activities between public authorities and the sports movement through EPAS. Supporting public authorities of EPAS member states, sports federations and NGOs to promote sport and make it healthier, fairer and better governed