|WMC approved to be the PCM of Physical Education and Sport in UNESCO|
WMC approved to be the PCM of Physical Education and Sport in UNESCO
- Will represent martial arts world in the UNESCO for physical education and sport field -
- Officially recognized by UNESCO as an international organization specializing in martial arts -
- Secured equal status to international organizations, such as IOC, FIFA, GAISF, and WHO in UNESCO -
- Will cooperate in martial arts education and research projects through WMC academic conferences, martial arts academies and more -
World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC, Chairperson: Lee Si-jong), which had been approved for the official UNESCO NGO advisory partnership on Sep. 30 last year, was approved on Mar. 1 as the first Korean organization to become a Permanent Consultative Member (PCM) of the UNESCO CIGEPS (Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport).
While the International Martial Arts Center (ICM) automatically became the PCM as a UNESCO Category II organization, WMC obtained the approval on its own, proving that UNESCO recognized WMC’s international status and its independent position.
The PCMs for the CIGEPS are in charge of providing professional and technical policy advises for the UNESCO’s field of physical education and sport.
The PCMs include international sports organizations and the UN-affiliated organizations, such as International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Football Federation (FIFA), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), General Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). WMC now stands on even ground with these international organizations within UNESCO.
The approval for WMC to become the PCM is an outcome of the passion for martial arts dedicated by Lee Si-jong, the WMC Chairperson, and Governor of Chungcheongbuk-do Province, over 20 years as well as the enthusiastic support for martial arts in Chungcheongbuk-do Province and the ceaseless efforts of WMC.
This is also a significant accomplishment for WMC and Chungcheongbuk-do that WMC can make professional voice representing martial arts in the UNESCO, a reputable international organization, within four years of its foundation in Aug. 2016.
Over the years, WMC has been making continuous efforts to become a member of organizations, such as the GAISF and WADA in order to improve its international status.
In particular, to secure a position in the UNESCO, WMC focused on building partnership with the UNESCO by organizing the UNESCO Director Angela Melo’s visit to 2016 Cheongju World Martial Arts Masterships, meeting between the UNESCO Director-General and the WMC Chairperson Lee Si-jong in 2017, and WMC’s participation (as an observer) in the CIGEPS sessions in 2018 and 2019.
Following the approval to become the PCM, WMC will further solidify its official partnership with the UNESCO, and thus strengthen the status as an international organization and provide professional and technical advisory service.
In addition, WMC will be able to officially attend various UNESCO sessions and build a cooperative partnership with the UNESCO in holding the WMC academic conferences and promoting the martial arts academy-related educational and research projects.
“It holds great significance for WMC to be approved as the international organization for martial arts to become the PCM for physical education and sport field in the UNESCO,” said the WMC Chairperson and Governor of Chungcheongbuk-do Province Lee Si-jong and continued. “As an official international organization recognized by the UNESCO, WMC will strive to promote the globalization of martial arts and publicize the fundamental values of martial arts while strengthening its partnership with the UNESCO.”
UNESCO CIGEPS Official Website https://en.unesco.org/themes/sport-and-anti-doping/cigeps
Attachment List of CIGEPS (Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport) Member States and Consultative Members (CM)
Classification Country and Organization
CIGEPS Member States (17) among 193 UNESCO Member States Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cuba, Finland
Zambia, Germany, India, Japan, Madagascar, Russia, the Republic of South Africa
Tunisia, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
/42) Permanent Consultative Members
(PCM/26) Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC)
Council of Europe
Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)
International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (ICM)
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Peace and Sport Organization
The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA)
UNESCO Chair “Doping Studies and Analysis of Anti-doping Policies”
UNESCO Chair “Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness”
UNESCO Chair “Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings”
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Global Compact Office
United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR)
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC)
Designated Consultative Members
(DCM/16) F？d？ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
F？d？ration Internationale de Natation (FINA)
F？d？ration Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU)
Institut de Relations Internationales et Strat？giques (IRIS)
International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF)
International Biathlon Union (IBU)
International Fair Play Committee
International Pierre de Coubertin Committee
International Working Group on Women and Sport
Play the Game / Danish Institute of Sport Studies
Right to Play
Swiss Academy for Development
Women Sport International
World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI)
World Players Association