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Sports Minister sets human rights and health goals at the Commonwealth Games conference

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Trinidad and Tobago announced that it will host a federal youth game at the 10th Federal Sports Ministers’ Meeting in the summer of 2023.

Sports ministers across the Commonwealth use sports as a means of ensuring socio-economic, physical and mental well-being for current and future generations, and ensure that no one is left behind in a common future. Reaffirmed our commitment to building.

Ministers gathered in Birmingham, England-on the wings of a federal game-for the 10th Federal Sports Ministers’ Meeting (10CSMM) on July 27. Together with world-renowned professionals, they are a federal example of important work done in the sports sector to improve health outcomes, promote sustainable development and strengthen human rights. I shared it.

Accelerate sustainable development

The ministers have agreed to a ministerial statement calling for: Adoption of sports policies and interventions to accelerate the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Reduces the incidence of preventable diseases throughout the federation. Ensuring the protection of minors and participation in sports for all. Encourage increased transparency in competition, good governance and integrity. Maximize investment and social development opportunities, especially for low- and middle-income countries.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago also announced that the Federal Youth Game will be held there in the summer of 2023 as part of the Federal Youth Year.

Federal Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC said:

“From today’s Federal Sports Ministers’ Meeting, we have greater unity and purpose to accelerate sports priorities for development and peace, in line with the goals, values ​​and aspirations of federal citizens. Move forward.

“Through the effects of COVID-19, climate change and conflict, our world is facing a serious, overlapping and interrelated crisis. Because sports reflect society, social shock, turmoil, I am exposed to challenges.

“But sport has its own ability to drive change across national borders. It catalyzes better health and well-being while promoting equality and building peace. From today’s debate, ministers of sport It is clear that we are fully committed to using our power to benefit the entire federation, and the Secretariat is actively supporting this task.

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be an example of the moving qualities of sport. It will give us all the great hope, joy and confidence in the human spirit. It provides an unforgettable experience for everyone watching. I can’t wait. ”

Federal Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC spoke at the 10th Federal Sports Ministers’ Meeting.

Rt Hon Nigel Huddleston MP, Chair of 10CSMM and Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, said:

“From climate change to conflict, the shocks caused by pandemics and other global challenges underscore the need for new thinking.

“We need to make sure that we are maximizing the great potential of sport to bring a positive legacy to our citizens.”

Themed conferences: Creation of a comprehensive and resilient sports sector. Strengthen sports contributions to sustainable development goals, Contributions from cross-disciplinary speakers were seen. This includes Dame Louise Martin DBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes, Director of the World Health Organization. Sir Sebastian Coe, Chairman of World Athletics. Bjorn Berge, Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. Gabriella Ramos, Deputy Director of Social Sciences and Human Sciences, UNESCO. Juan Pablo Salazar, Inclusion Coordinator of the Latin American Development Bank. CEO of CGF Katie Sadrail.

Kenya’s Chief Cabinet Secretary of Sport, Culture and Heritage and former CSMM Ambassador Amina Mohammed Dame Louise and Ambassador Derrick Lance Murray, Ambassador of the Federal Advisory Board on Sport, are working on development. Recognized for his outstanding contribution to the sport. Federal peace by the Secretary-General.

Promotion of human rights in sports

Ministers welcomed the introduction of ten leadership actions for the implementation of a federal agreement statement on the promotion of human rights in sports. A list of practical actions that member states can take in the next decade until Australia hosts the Olympic Games in 2032.

The 10 actions address three key elements of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work on human rights, governance and integrity and are designed to help Member States achieve their corresponding Sustainable Development Goals. ..

The Commonwealth Secretariat also submitted before the Minister a draft protection law designed to provide full protection to minors across federal countries.

Existing law in the Commonwealth countries provides where sexual activity between minors and those in trust, responsibility, or authority constitutes a criminal offense. However, investigation work by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with UNICEFUK and DLA Piper LLC, and an expert working group of senior Ministry of Justice officials have identified loopholes in the application of such laws.

The federal model legislation on abuse of the position of trust provides a model of legal protection under the age of 18, whether in the context of sports or not. It will be resubmitted to the Federal Justice Minister later this year before it is officially announced.

Ministers noted the power of large-scale sporting events, such as competitions, to create a positive legacy that could make generations more active and promote common federal values ​​and principles.

Innovation in the sports sector

The 10CSMM also celebrated the innovative ways Member States are working to create and maintain a comprehensive and resilient sports sector after the pandemic.

Examples include the West Indies, Kenya, Cyprus, the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago.

Ministers will also strengthen the measurement of the impact of sports, physical activity, and physical education on priority development goals with the aim of increasing investment and developing the strong evidence necessary to guide the application of future policies. Called for better data collection.

Details of sporting activities for development and peace


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