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Raising Voice Of Sport In The Pacific

Raising Voice Of Sport In The Pacific
Participants at the workshop in Suva on September 1, 2017 Photo: ONOC
September 02
12:15 2017

A new regional programme started in Suva that aims to maximize the contribution of sport to sustainable development and promote national and regional policy development in the Pacific.

‘Raising the Voice for Sport in the Pacific’ looks to strengthen regional coordination and advocacy, by developing concrete mechanisms for influencing policy processes across consultation, development, implementation and monitoring in sport.

Other policy areas such as health, education, gender, disability and youth hold high value in the development journey.

Sixteen participants took part in the three-day capacity building workshop from eight target Pacific Island countries including Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tuvalu.

The regional initiative is funded by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the European Union through the Strengthening of the Non-State Actors (NSAs) Engagement in Regional Policy Development and Implementation Programme.

The Raising the Voice for Sport programme is led by the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC), in partnership with Sport Matters and UNESCO. The capacity building workshop included a range of sessions on how sport can make a contribution to the Sustainable Development Agenda and on policy development, analysis and advocacy.

The participants were selected from organisations representing sport (through National Olympic Committees or National Federations), NGOs, disability and youth.

Strengthening the voice of non-state actors will help inform regional policy with evidence based approaches, and to harness the largely untapped potential of sport to contribute to regional development and harmonization across health, education, gender equality, social inclusion, peace-building and economic empowerment.

Sport foresees its role in national and regional development as a custodian of our Blue Pacific’s sovereignty, through a healthier and more productive population.

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