The International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) is a forum that facilitates intellectual and technical exchange in the field of physical education and sport and serves as an institutional mechanism for a coherent international strategy in this domain.

It is the only global platform of its kind, engaging governments, intergovernmental organisations, the sport movement, academia and specialised NGOs. The outcomes and recommendations of MINEPS are continuously strengthening the educational, cultural and social dimensions of physical education and sport while guiding the implementation of effective policies and practices around the world.

MINEPS conferences have been organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) since 1976.


The Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) was held at the Korston Hotel, Kazan, Russian Federation, from 13 to 15 July 2017.

MINEPS VI was prepared by a Programme Committee and an Organising Committee. The Programme Committee, responsible for preparing the conference programme, was composed of UNESCO, the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the International Association of Sport for All (TAFISA) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). 

About 700 delegates, including heads and representatives of sports-related executive authorities from 103 member states of UNESCO, as well as other international bodies and major sports organisations, came together for the event. 

MINEPS VI was intended to take stock of global developments in sport and to formulate strategic issues in international sport policy, with special reference to UNESCO's International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport, and Declaration of Berlin, adopted by MINEPS V in 2013.

MINEPS VI marked a shift from declarations of policy intent towards measurable action. Consequently, rather than adopting another declaration, the conference agreed on a plan of actions to which the ministers committed.

Pursuant to Resolution 38C/47, a common framework for the international follow up to the Declaration of Berlin and the International Charter was developed. As this common framework is expected to serve as a unified, international reference for orienting policy makers, especially, public sport authorities and the sport movement, it will also need to reflect the sustainable development goals (“SDGs”, Agenda 2030), that recognize the role of sport as “an important enabler of sustainable development”.

The following SDGs are particularly relevant:

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages;

  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;

  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;

  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;

  • Reduce inequality within and among countries;

  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;

  • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Main themes and sub-topics of MINEPS VI

The Conference agenda was structured around three main themes, including specific sub-topics:  

Theme I:  Developing a comprehensive vision of inclusive access for all, including

national sport strategies and plans; the cooperation between public authorities, sports organisations and other stakeholders; gender equality; non-discrimination; quality physical education.

Theme II:  Maximizing the contributions of sport to sustainable development and peace, including                                                  

physical activity and health; social inclusion; values and civic education; youth empowerment; national cohesion; urban planning; indigenous & traditional games; sport in post-conflict settings; major sport events; sport & ecology/climate change; sport and economic development.

Theme III:  Protecting the integrity of sport, including

good governance of sports organisations; fight against the manipulation of sports competitions; fight against doping; protection of participants, spectators and workers; child protection; fight against sexual exploitation and misconduct; prevention education and awareness rising.

MINEPS chronology

1976 - MINEPS I in Paris, France 
1988 - MINEPS II in Moscow, Russia
1999 - MINEPS III in Punta del Este, Uruguay 
2004 - MINEPS IV in Athens, Greece
2013 - MINEPS V in Berlin, Germany
2017 - MINEPS VI in KazanRussian Federation