The World Sports Alliance IGO
The World Sports Alliance IGO (the “Alliance”), is an Intergovernmental Organization organized under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969. (The United Nations TREATY SERIES vol. 1155, p.39 entered in force on 27 January 1980)
The Alliance was constituted on the 29th day of May 2007 when its 3 founding Member-States, Morocco, Niger and the Dominican Republic executed the Rabat Declaration ( E/2007/NGO/1) referred to as its constitutive Act.
The Alliance is a legal entity formed and existing pursuant to international law and it possesses legal personality.
What is an IGO ?
The term Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) refers to an entity created by treaty, involving two or more nations, to work in good faith, on issues of common interest
IGOs that are formed by treaties are more advantageous than a mere grouping of nations because they are subject to international law and have the ability to enter into enforceable agreements among themselves or with States.
In this current era of increasing globalization and interdependence of nations, IGOs have come to play a very significant role in international political systems and global governance.
Sport, Development and Peace for a better World
The Alliance Mission
To use sport as a catalyst to design and implement programs for at‐risk youth, to facilitate the achievement of the SDGs through an integrated approach. So the citizens of its Member-States can live better lives.
Sports is a proven platform for positive social impact in civil society and the Alliance works to maximize that impact through an integrated economic and human development approach.
By focusing on health, education, nutrition and overall wellness, the Alliance promotes the values of Sport, Development and Peace for a better world.
How is the Alliance Organized?
The Alliance does not solicit contributions from its Member-States through quotas or fees like traditional International Organizations. Instead, it derives the funds for its subsistence from donations, in kind contributions and revenues generated from financial and commercial projects established between the public and private sector. Each project generates funding and annual income streams, a portion of which is allocated to the Alliance.
The Alliance invests donations, contributions and commercial revenues in Alliance projects, for the benefit of youth, within a Member-State based on a 20-Year development plan prepared by the Memebr-State in collaboration with the Alliance and within the Alliance global community.
The Alliance like its Member-States has an unlimited lifespan. The Alliance exists by and for its Member-States who share the common vision and purpose of mutually and collectively achieving specific objectives and Alliance Member-States benefit collectively from the financial and social resources created by the execution of Alliance Projects and Programs.
The General Assembly
Member-States guide the Alliance Initiative and activities through the General Assembly. Each Member-State appoints one representative with powers vested in the General Assembly. Voting power on issues brought before them is based on their status with the organization, with each Fully-Fledged Member-State having one (1) seat and one (1) voting right. The General Assembly then delegates most powers to the Executive Office of the President. The first General Assembly of the Alliancwill be held on the second quarter of 2023.
The President of the Alliance is the Executive Authority of the Alliance. He is responsible for the implementation of the measures adopted by the General Assembly and has the role, function, power and authority to oversee and run the Alliance. The first President of the Alliance was H.E. Mr. Alain Lemieux, the founder of the Alliance. The current President of the Alliance is Mr Perry Geerlings who will hold office until the next General Assembly. The first elected President, following Mr Perry Geerlings will be elected by the General Assembly for a four (4) year mandate.
The Secretary General
The first Alliance Secretary General, Dr. Gilles Klein, has been appointed, by the Founding President as the founder of the Alliance General Secretariat. Prof. Dr Zahid Haque is the current Secretary General of the Alliance and will hold office until the next General Assembly. The first elected Secretary General, following Prof. Dr Zahid Haque will be appointed by the President of the Alliance following the first General Assembly for a four (4) year mandate.
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the Alliance consists of the immediate staff of the President, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President. The EOP includes personnel who directly support or advise the President in the achievement of his role, function and duties.
The Leadership of the Agency has been appointed as the Interim EOP of the Alliance until the next General Assembly.
The Alliance is owned by the governments of its member nations, which have the ultimate decision-making power within the organization on all matters, including policy, financial or membership issues. Member-States govern the Alliance through the General Assembly which makes all major decisions for the organization.
Alliance Membership is open to all. Per its voluntary membership process any Country and State/Province may join and become a member of the Alliance. Under the the Alliance Charter, Member-States have no obligation to make any monetary contribution and their obligations are to :
(i) comply with the Alliance Charter, Regulations and Decisions of the Alliance;
(ii) supply, data required for the proper implementation of the Alliance initiatives, duties and objectives within their respective territories;
(iii) enter into a Master Framework Country Convention and Host Site Agreement and;
(iv) support at least one (1) specific Alliance Venture and/or PPP Project in order to finance the Alliance Initiative in their territory.
The Alliance Fully-Fledged Member State status are granted to Member States of the United Nations that are in good standing, that have signed the UN Millennium Declaration, that adhere to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Program and that are not in conflict or subject to suspension by the U.N or under International Sanction.
The Alliance Associate Member status are granted to Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) that do not have an associated governmental status.
Alliance Associate Members have no voting rights at the General Assembly meeting, however, they may obtain the right to speak or to provide recommendations to the General Assembly that, if accepted may result in declarations or resolutions of the General Assembly.
The Alliance Observer Member status are granted to Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
Alliance Observer Members have no voting rights, nor can they submit recommendations, however, they may obtain the right to speak at the General Assembly meeting.
Today, the Alliance counts 34 Fully-Fledged Member-States who collectively own and determine Alliance policies.
The Alliance 3 Founding Member-States
Le Royaume du Maroc 5/29/2007
The Dominican Republic 5/4/2007
La République du Niger 5/7/2007
The Republic of Zambia 6/9/2007
The Republic of Uganda 7/30/2007
République de Guinée 8/3/2007
La République du Bénin 9/24/2007
The Republic of Panama 9/24/2007
La République du Sénégal 10/31/2007
La République du Burkina Faso 12/24/2007
La République du Togo 12/31/2007
La République de Centrafrique 1/25/2008
La République de Côte d’Ivoire 2/3/2008
The Republic of Chile 5/8/2008
The State of Rio Grande do Norte 5/30/2008
The State of Gauteng 7/17/2008
La République du Congo 8/20/2008
La République d’Haïti 9/29/2008
La République de Madagascar 10/5/2008
The Republic of Liberia 10/21/2008
The Republic of Costa Rica 10/30/2008
La République Démocratique du Congo 12/16/2008
La République du Tchad 2/14/2009
La République du Burundi 3/25/2009
The Autonomous Community of Catalonia 5/17/2009
The Republic of Rwanda 9/7/2009
The Republic of Ghana 7/7/2010
La République du Mali 5/30/2011
La République Tunisienne 12/17/2012
Antigua and Barbuda 9/29/2012
The Republic of Sierra Leone 2/25/2013
The Republic of Yemen 7/30/2013
République de Guinée Bissau 9/27/2013
The People’s Republic of Bangladesh 11/17/2019