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Perspectives of Athletes and Administrators on S.D.Gs

Discover the role of S.D.G champion advocates in programmes and policy.

In the video, Auvita Rapilla, Secretary-General of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, explains that sport is not just about elite athletes.

In fact, the PNGOC is using athletes to champion the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a partnership with the United Nations (UN) in Papua New Guinea.

Rapilla emphasises the importance of involving athletes in the promotion of the SDGs and using sport to provide a space for dialogue around the SDGs in the wider community.

SDG champion advocates appointed by PNGOC sitting holding SDG posters

Team PNG SDG Champions – pictured left to right above, Milton Kisapai (hockey), Tania Mairi Mahuru (shooting), Chris Amini (cricket), Lua Rikis (netball) and Ryan Pini (swimming)

Hear some of the athlete administrators from PNG talk about how they are using their role as an athlete and role model to effectively communicate about the SDGs, featuring:

  • Karo Lelai, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Board Member, Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) Athletes Commission Chairperson
  • Milton Kisapai, UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Youth and Sport Task Force Member, Team PNG Sustainable Development Goals Champion, and former Papua New Guinea Hockey captain
  • Chris Amini, Team PNG Sustainable Development Goals Champion and former PNG Cricket captain
  • Lua Rikis, PNG Athletes Commission, Team PNG Sustainable Development Goals Champion and former PNG Netball captain

Listen to their audios in the links below:

As an athlete, how did you learn about the SDGs? – Chris Amini and Milton Kisapai

Why should sport care about the SDGs? – Karo Lelai and Milton Kisapai

How can sport provide a dialogue around the SDGs? – Lua Rikis and Milton Kisapai

How can athletes help achieve the SDGs and what role can they play – Lua Rikis and Milton Kisapai

Explain how the PNGOC is using athletes to communicate and advocate for the SDGs – Chris Amini and Milton Kisapai

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