From ‘declaration to action’ at Ministerial Conference for Sport and Physical Education in Kazan

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Pavel Kolobkov, Sport Minister of Russian Federation emphasized the importance of a strong commitment to collective action in areas of Physical Education and Sport in his keynote address before the closing ceremony of the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI), which took place in Kazan, Russian Federation from 14 July to 15 July 2017.

The conference gathered nearly 600 participants, among them more than 60 sport ministers and senior officials representing 116 UNESCO Member states.They adopted a comprehensive vision of inclusive access to sport with a view to promoting sport, physical conditioning and physical activity among women and men of all ages in what has been dubbed the Kazan Action Plan.

The plan consists of 3 major policy areas and 5 actions. It marks an important shift from policy intent to implementation with first pledges made by China, France, Japan and Russian Federation to support the international implementation of the plan.

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.

“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. "Such consensus concerning the comprehensive Kazan Action Plan is a strong message to government decision-makers that we must celebrate.”