In partnership between the Vanuatu National Sports Commission (VNSC) and VASANOC, the second Consultation for a National Sport Policy in Vanuatu, will be held in the Korman 2 Indoor Hall at Korman Sports Complex on Wednesday 13 June starting at 8.30am to 4pm.

This is a continuation of the first Consultation on Wednesday 6 June that was opened by the Minister of Youth & Sports Development and Training, Hon. Simeon Seule. In his address, Hon.Minister Seule said, “The current Government had already included the formulation of such a document in its 100-Day Plan. Also in 2017 he represented Vanuatu at the International Ministers’ Of Sports Meeting called MINEPS in Kazan, Russia. We also hosted the 5th Pacific Sport Ministers’ Of Sports Meeting in Vila, attended the 6th version of this meeting in Fiji and the Commonwealth Ministers’ of Sports meeting in Gold Coast. All these meetings gave their approval for the region and pacific island nations to formulate such a Policy. So the political will and support is already present”.

These Consultations are a result of a regional partnership between European Union, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Oceania National Olympic Committees, UNESCO and Sport Matters that birthed the new project called ‘Raising the Voice for Sport in the Pacific’ (RVSP). RVSP is helping to strengthen regional coordination and advocacy, and develop concrete mechanisms for influencing policy processes across consultation, development, implementation and review in sport and also through sport to other policy areas such as Statistics, Health, Education, Gender, Disability and Youth.

In his letter lending the support of Vanuatu to this regional initiative, the Hon. PM Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas said “Sport is part of the heartbeat of Vanuatu. It connects our people, celebrates our culture and shapes our national identity and is a critical and cross-cutting component of the Vanuatu2030 People’s Plan under the pillars for Society and Economy”.

Vanuatu was one of eight Pacific Island Countries targeted for this project to take part in the first regional capacity building workshop held in Suva, Fiji on August 2017.

The RVSP Project aims to:

Bring National Sport Federations (NFs) and Sport Stakeholders together from across the region to strengthen and unite advocacy efforts from diverse civil society stakeholders and promote informed contribution and influence of National Sport Policy development from NSFs.

Conduct a series of national and regional consultations to capture the united voice of NFs stakeholders and to inform policy development in the area of Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education.

Develop and deliver a regional strategy to advocate for the development of comprehensive sport policy and ensure that the voices of NSF’s are systematically captured in the policy development process.

The project aims to get the input on Non-State Actors in the National Policy development process from Civil Society Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, National Sport Federations and Organizations or Individuals who are experts in this field of Sport, are, invited to participate in this Consultation,

One of the organizers of this event, Henry Tavoa, CEO of VASANOC and Member of VSNC, said, “Sport already has the political support of the Government and now the challenge is for Sport organizations and sport stakeholders to come together to help the country formulate a National Sport Policy or Strategy and this requires us to think, see and talk “sport policy” and not just “sport development” “

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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