On Friday 9 November 2012, 7 new project proposals, totaling US$ 115,595.29, were approved by the Approval Committee for the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport in a meeting that was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France). These 7 projects will bring the total number of national and international projects, supported by the Fund since its establishment in 2008, to 80 initiatives worth more than US$ 1.3 million.

The projects that have been approved for 2013 are:
1. Anti-doping awareness and education programme (Malta)
2. Anti-doping education versus false self-affirmation (Bulgaria)
3. Nutritional supplements – related doping and health risks and the benefits of a healthy diet (Georgia)
4. The use and effect of prohibited substances (Paraguay)
5. Increasing awareness to kick doping out of Eritrea (Eritrea)
6. Awareness on anti-doping for sportsmen and women (Sri Lanka)
7. National workshop and education programs on anti-doping in sports (Bhutan)

Covering all regions of the world, these projects allow for the implementation of prevention programmes, the formulation of specific legislation against doping and the implementation of activities that strengthen capacities to fight against doping, especially in less developed countries. Here follows a regional breakdown of projects implemented to date:

    Africa (24 projects)
    Arab States (6 projects)
    Asia and the Pacific (9 projects)
    Europe and North America (13 projects)
    Latin America and the Caribbean (28 projects).

The members of the Approval Committee for the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in sport for 2012-2013 are Mr Gennady ALESHIN (Russian Federation), Mr Ahmad AL KHAZAL Koweït), Mr Jean-Pierre BOURELY (France), Mr Neil MURRELL (Barbados), Mr Constant ROUX (Côte d’Ivoire) and Mr Graeme STEELE (New Zealand).