Pacific youth want to be included in decision-making

“Life is full of challenges, but when these challenges affect our rights, when these challenges are too great to overcome on our own, we must call for help…we ask our leaders, our communities to let us work alongside them,” said Merewalesi Nailatikau, UNICEF Pacific Regional Ambassador.

These sentiments were echoed by other pacific youth leaders  the Official Side Event on “Youth Matters NOW: Investing in Young People for a Secure, Prosperous and Sustainable Pacific” as part of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting held in Auckland last week.

“We need opportunities, we need service delivery, we need resources…we need capacity building and partnerships through education and training, as well as support for safe and open space for dialogue, and affordable and access to communication technologies to encourage young people to be part of national decision-making processes,” said Fale Lesa, Committee Member for the Wansolwara Youth Pacific Conference.


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