MIL-OSI Translation: The Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity is established in Lausanne


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Posted on July 9, 2021



The Canton of Vaud, the City of Lausanne and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) have been appointed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to ensure the creation of the Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Education physical activity and physical activity (hereafter: the World Observatory). This initiative fulfills one of the objectives of the Kazan action plan, adopted in 2017 by the International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) of UNESCO (United Nations for Education, Science and Culture), which brought together 121 Member States.

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The World Observatory has three objectives in the field of sport and physical activity:

· Guide governmental and non-governmental actors in the design of action plans enabling them to achieve gender equality;

· Document and create unified assessment methodologies for independent monitoring of measures taken to promote gender equality;

· Connect different partners to facilitate coordination and knowledge exchange and amplify the impact and dissemination of information on gender equality.

The Canton of Vaud, the City of Lausanne and UNIL have decided to unite and found an association, the aim of which is to ensure the conditions necessary for the development of the World Observatory, its anchoring in the ecosystem of the international sport in Lausanne as well as its influence beyond borders. To do this, and with the commitment of the Social and Human Sciences sector of UNESCO, the association will ensure in particular to develop relations and collaborations with national governments, UN agencies, international associations active in the gender field. and sport, sports federations, the International Olympic Committee, as well as political, associative and academic entities throughout the world.

The association, whose statutes were signed by Nouria Hernandez, Rector of the University of Lausanne, Philippe Leuba, State Councilor in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport of the Canton of Vaud and Grégoire Junod, Syndic of the City of Lausanne, will bring together experts of international level in order to develop knowledge, practices and standards in terms of gender equality in sport, physical education and physical activity. . The position of Director of the World Observatory is open for competition from today until August 30, 2021 (job description available here).

Home to nearly 60 international sports federations and organizations and 42 international organizations, the Lake Geneva region will see its network enriched with the arrival of the World Observatory.

Philippe Leuba, State Councilor in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport of the Canton of Vaud: “The Canton of Vaud is delighted with the arrival in the region of this new player aiming to promote equality between men and women in sport. This future Observatory will strengthen the international sport ecosystem developed for more than 20 years jointly by the Canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne “.

Grégoire Junod, Syndic of the City of Lausanne: “Lausanne has just launched an action plan to achieve greater equality in sport by 2026. The creation of this World Observatory in the Olympic Capital is perfectly in line with this dynamic to which Lausanne also contributes through the networks of cities at the international level.

Nouria Hernandez, rector of the University of Lausanne: “UNIL will work with an international network of experts to put in place data and research that will make it possible to measure the evolution of gender inequalities in sport, ” identify the difficulties and facilitate changes for greater equality between men and women in and through sport. Collaboration in this international project strengthens its strategic position as a benchmark academic hub within the Olympic Capital. “

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA): The FDFA welcomes the establishment of the World Observatory in Lausanne, which will strengthen the links between sports federations and the actors of international Geneva. Its activities will make a further contribution to the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: UNESCO welcomes the creation of the incubator association of the World Observatory, encouraging sign that we are moving from intention to action in this important area. The Social and Human Sciences Sector ensures its continued support to this Observatory which will play a key role in the promotion of equality and the empowerment of women in and through sport, this corresponds to our objectives.

Vaud State Information and Communication Office




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