RECOMMENDATIONS OF PUNTA DEL ESTE

Contribution of physical education and sport to sustainable economic development

 

COMMISSION I

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Invites the Director-General of UNESCO to draw the attention of Summits of Heads of State and Government to studies and data that highlight the contribution of physical education and sport to the overall development of countries;
  2. Invites Member States to accord high priority to physical education, sport and leisure activities in their national policies;
  3. Invites the Director-General of UNESCO to draw the attention of international forums concerned with health, education, tourism, the economy and other fields to the impact of physical education, sport and leisure activities on each of these fields;
  4. Invites the Director-General of UNESCO to make international bodies, in particular financial institutions, more aware of the importance of physical education, sport and leisure activities in order to promote their development;
  5. Urges the Director-General of UNESCO to invite international financial bodies to take into account physical education and sport (in the form of training and recreation) as a social investment in the context of any new loans they may grant for health and education, and other forms of support, such as external debt relief;
  6. Requests Member States to increase investment aimed at upgrading human resources and improving equipment and infrastructure in the field of physical education and sport;
  7. Requests Member States to bear in mind always that the improvement of the quality of physical education classes, and an increase in the hours devoted to them, will enable them to avoid greater expenditure on health and safety;
  8. Further requests governments to take measures in favour of tax exemption for sports equipment and to assist the promotion and development of businesses producing sports goods.

COMMISSION II

Promotion and preservation of traditional games in each country
Recalling the principles enshrined in the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, and the provisions of the Statutes of CIGEPS,
Noting that the World Festival of Traditional Sports to be celebrated in June 2000 under the auspices of "Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Associations" (TAFISA) and with the patronage of UNESCO, in connection with the Hanover world exhibition "Expo 2000", will help to create a worldwide awareness of traditional sports and indigenous games and physical activities, thus making an important contribution to their preservation,

1. Requests the Member States to organize and support festivals of traditional sports and games at both national and regional level, and to provide opportunities for participation in the World Festival of Traditional Sports;

2. Requests CIGEPS, with the help of the relevant regional and national bodies and networks, and the support of the NGOs, associations and institutions concerned, to prepare a worldwide list of traditional games and sports, and invites the Director-General of UNESCO, with the cooperation of existing and future regional and national bodies and networks as well as specialists on the subject, to draw up a world traditional games and sports policy, leading eventually to an international charter on traditional games and sports, to be followed by a mid-term and a long-term plan of action.

Commission III

New forms of cooperation and consultation in the field of physical
education and sport at the national, regional and international levels

RECOMMENDATIONS
Considering the crucial need to enhance and reinforce international cooperation in physical education and sport both quantitatively and qualitatively,
Taking into consideration the urgent need to narrow the gap between developed and developing countries particularly with regard to training, dissemination and the exchange of information,
Recognizing the potential of UNESCO to play an important role in the promotion of sport and physical education,
Recognizing the need to resolve certain ethical issues which threaten to undermine the benefits and contribution of sport and physical education,
Considering the need to adapt UNESCO’s mechanisms, particularly CIGEPS and FIDEPS, in order to strengthen regional and international cooperation,
Recognizing the need and the will to ensure that the Recommendations of MINEPS III are implemented,

Recommends:

5. Promotion of sport and physical education
That Ministers support a policy of preservation and promotion of traditional sports and games and the organization of festivals of traditional sports and games at national, regional and international levels as a substantial contribution to intercultural learning, mutual tolerance and understanding among nations, to the benefit of a culture of peace.

That UNESCO focus international attention on physical education and sport by proposing the declaration of a United Nations Year of the Fit and Active Child and challenge each country to develop three priority action steps to improve the fitness and activity levels of young people in their country during this year.

That the influence and prestige of UNESCO be used to disseminate worldwide a brief, consistent message/slogan on the benefits of physical education and sport that would transcend culture and languages and seek consensus among Members to display the slogan prominently along with their national messages.