Pacific Sports Ministers Meeting in Samoa in 2019. (Photo Courtesy of Ministry of Prime Minister & Cabinet - Press Communication Division/Samoa Government)

KOROR, PALAU – Palau will host the Pacific Islands Sports Ministers Meeting (PISMM) in 2021 after ministers from Pacific island nations agreed to grant the country’s offer to host the next event during the convention held in Apia, Samoa on July 6.

The PISMM, which was held prior to the opening of the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, gave sports ministers and senior representatives from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna an opportunity to discuss the role of sports on sustainable development in the Pacific.

Sports ministers reiterated the importance of sports in development, promotion of peace, and fostering empowerment and inclusive participation, according to the PISMM outcome statement.

Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) Secretary General and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton, who was appointed as the chair of the Pacific Regional Sports Taskforce (PRST) in April 2019, urged sports ministers to encourage member countries to come up with measurement framework on the contribution of sports to the Pacific sustainable development goals roadmap.

Minister Temengil-Chilton also laid out the five priority actions of the Pacific Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education (SPAPE) which include ensuring commitments of relevant stakeholders to the regional sports action plan and policies, development of policies for sport, and monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs related to sports, among others. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)