The World Sports Alliance IGO
The World Sports Alliance IGO (“WSA”), 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)
WSA 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.
WSA 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
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 WSA works to maximize that impact through an integrated economic and human development approach.
By focusing on health, education, nutrition and overall wellness, WSA promotes the values of Sport, Development and Peace for a better world.
How is WSA Organized?
WSA 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 private 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 WSA.
WSA invests donations, contributions and commercial revenues in WSA Programs, for the benefit of youth, within a Member-State and within the WSA global community.
WSA like its Member-States have an unlimited lifespan. WSA exists by and for its Member-States who share the common vision and purpose of mutually and collectively achieving specific objectives. Member-States benefit collectively from the financial and social resources created by the execution of WSA Projects and Programs and any and all Projects, Conventions, Obligations, and/or Commitments WSA takes on or are undertaken and signed on behalf of Member-States are a mutual and joint responsibility and obligation created for and from their execution.
The General Assembly
Member-States guide WSA’s programs 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 will be held in Geneva during the IIC on the 4th quarter of 2022 .
The President of WSA is the Executive Authority of WSA. 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 WSA. The first President of WSA was H.E. Mr. Alain Lemieux, the creator and founder of WSA. The current interim President of WSA 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 WSA Secretary General, Dr. Gilles Klein, has been appointed, by the Founding President as the founder of the WSA General Secretariat. The interim Secretary General of WSA is Mr Robert Geerlings who will hold office until the next General Assembly. The first elected Secretary General, following Mr Robert Geerlings will be appointed by the President of WSA following the first General Assembly for a four (4) year mandate.
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) of WSA 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 WSA until the next General Assembly.
WSA 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 WSA through the General Assembly which makes all major decisions for the organization.
WSA Membership is open to all. Per its voluntary membership process any Country and State/Province may join and become a member of WSA. Under the WSA Charter, Member-States have no obligation to make any monetary contribution and their obligations are simply limited to :
(i) complying with the WSA Charter, Regulations and Decisions of WSA;
(ii) supplying, data required for the proper implementation of the WSA’s initiatives, duties and objectives within their respective territories;
(iii) entering into a Master Framework Country Convention and Host Site Agreement and;
(iv) supporting at least one (1) specific WSA Venture and/or PPP Project on their territory.
The WSA 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 WSA Associate Member status are granted to Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) that do not have an associated governmental status.
WSA 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 WSA Observer Member status are granted to Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
WSA 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, WSA counts 34 Fully-Fledged Member-States who collectively own and determine WSA’s policies.
WSA's 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