The Minister for Youth and Sports Mr. Viliame Naupoto recently attended the third Pacific Minsiters for Youth Meeting, which as held in Nouméa, New Caledonia on Saturday, December 7th.
The Minister for Youth and Sports’ Permanent Secretary Mr. Josefa Sania accompanied Mr. Naupoto on the trip. According to Mr. Sania, the purpose of the meeting was for Pacific youth ministers to endorse the Pacific Youth Development Framework.
“The framework aimed to improve regional coordination and resourcing of youth development initiatives, strengthen youth engagement and cross-sectoral integration for the young people at national levels,” Mr. Sania said. “The key areas of the framework that were endorsed are education and employment, health, governance and participation, and finally youth engagement in environmental action.”
Mr. Sania also stated that at the meeting, the ministers agreed upon several steps towards successful implementations of the framework. These include a partnership between youth structures and government authorities, providing the proper resources to young people in order to meet their specific needs, capacity building, and an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
“The meeting also recognized the potentials in sports to help contribute to the reduction of risks in youths from attracting non-communicable diseases,” Mr. Sania explained. “Sports also facilitate in the inclusion of people from all walks of life and also people with disability in the community.”
Mr. Sania went on to say that the Pacific youth ministers agreed to strengthen partnerships and work towards greater inclusiveness of people with disabilities in sports throughout the country.
Mr. Naupoto and Mr. Sania also stopped in Port Villa last Friday on their way to Nouema, where they attended the students’ graduation at the USP – Emalus Campus.
“Several Fijian students graduated last week from their law studies and we were fortunate to witness the event,” Mr. Sania said.