More than 50 sport ministers and senior officials representing 115 countries agreed on actions to provide universal access to sports and physical activity to women and men of all ages during the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, MINEPS VI (Kazan, Russian Federation, 13 to 15 July).
Over 500 participants at MINEPS VI determined that the time for action had come as they adopted the Kazan Action Plan, which tackles three priorities: universal access, maximizing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace, and protecting the integrity of sport (emphasizing safety of practitioners and governance of sports organizations and competitions).
During MINEPS VI the representatives of China, France, Japan and the Russian Federation made a public pledge to support the international implementation of the action plan.
“Over the past two days we have, I believe, achieved a true breakthrough in international sport policy development,” said Nada Al-Nashif, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences in her closing remarks at the conference. “Such consensus concerning the comprehensive Kazan Action Plan is a strong message to government decision-makers that we must celebrate.”
As countries work to achieve the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Kazan Action Plan, reaffirms the need to align sport policy development with the overarching framework of the SDGs.