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Old 08-07-2004, 06:19 PM
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Exclamation Youth for a Sustainable Future

Youth for a Sustainable Future is an innovative event designed by young people for young people, envisioning to empower youths living in the South Pacific to take positive actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set out by the United Nations

Following the World Youth Congress held in Casablanca, Morocco from 16-28 August 2003, the participants from Oceania felt that they were underrepresented at the Congress. The problem with funding was identified as being the major barrier to full representation of youth from Oceania. With only 6 participants from Oceania (2 from Australia; 1 from New Zealand; 2 from Fiji and 1 from Samoa), the issues affecting the youth in the South Pacific were not adequately addressed or recognised at the Congress.

It became clear from the Congress that there was a strong need to organise an event in the South Pacific to encourage greater participation and involvement of young people in achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations at the UN Millennium Summit in year 2000.

The rationale behind the Youth for a Sustainable Future (YSF) is to promote youth participation and empowerment and to establish youth partnerships with governments, businesses and NGOs in the region. The YSF is firmly based on the belief that young people should not be viewed as a problem but as a resource. Investing in young people and including them at all decision-making levels will result in successful and effective project and policy outcomes.

YSF will benefit not only youth but the entire region by uniting the efforts of individuals, civil society, aid and development NGOs and governments.

This event will empower youth to aim for a common aspiration of a sustainable future, through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences of every youth. Participation, involvement, understanding, commitment and leadership will be promoted through a diverse range of activities including discussions, forums, debates, workshops, action projects and cultural exchange. On-line participation and media broadcast will allow more youth in the region to participate in YSF.

The Millennium Development Goals

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development

Event Objectives and Indicators

The objectives of the YSF are to encourage participation, involvement, commitment, understanding and leadership among young people (15-25 year olds) in the region. The objectives will be achieved through discussions, forums, debates, workshops and cultural exhibitions and performances. The YSF will be an avenue for harnessing the knowledge, talent and skills of the young people and creating a positive environment for exchanging their knowledge, experiences, ideas and values. The YSF is aimed at mobilising the youth to take action and raise a greater awareness of youth issues in the region. It is envisioned in the event programs that the participants will gain valuable skills to achieve the MDGs thus once they return to their home countries, they will engage in active pursuits to actualise their ideas. The event will be completely drug-, smoke- and alcohol-free.

Who will come?

The YSF is open to young people between 15 - 25 years of age, who are citizens of countries in the South Pacific and who have demonstrated their interest in or who are actively involved in actualising the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Young people from the following countries may apply: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Federated Sates of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Pitcairn, and other small island states in the South Pacific region.

Youth, the Millennium Development Goals & Oceania

The full participation and empowerment of youth is indispensable for achieving the targets set out in the MDGs. More than half of the world’s population is 25 years and under, and 85% of youth live in developing countries. The population of youth in the South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand is .

In the past, governments in the South Pacific region have responded to youth issues in a fragmented and unsustainable manner, failing to build the capacity of youths to decide and act on their own aspirations. Moreover, youth in the PICs are disadvantaged in comparison to their counterparts in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia because of lack of regional solidarity, which results in autonomous and discord functioning of youth-led and youth-focused NGOs. Recent conferences including Oxfam’s International Youth Parliament and Asia-Pacific Model United Nations have been a key step for establishing a cohesive network among youth in Oceania and the South Pacific.

However, more energy is needed to ensure that young people will participate in the decision making processes at local, national, regional and international levels. Youth participation is vital for equitable and sustainable policy and project outcomes, which not only benefit the youths themselves but the wellbeing of the entire nation. Youth empowerment, through education and consciousness-raising will strengthen relationships between individuals, civil society, NGOs and governments. Therefore, YSF is will emphasise on the collaboration of youth efforts in the region to achieve the MDGs.

Young people in the South Pacific region are often excluded from the decision making arena, whether it be a government meeting or an international youth conference. The main causes of exclusion are inadequate information and limited or nonexistent funding available to youth. Information about conferences and youth issues is inaccessible because the technological divide is still denying young people of ‘the right to know’. According to …youth internet. Information that is passed on to governments do not trickle down to the public, due to poor institutional capacity and poor communication exchanges. When youth are informed about conferences however, financial obligations deter many inspiring youths from attending. This high cost of travel, accommodation, registration fees, etc is beyond what families and communities can afford. Discounts and scholarships allocated to youth from developing countries to attend conferences are very minimal, and only enable one or two delegates to attend whilst others stay behind. Representation of youth . Thus a youth conference which allows young people to participate through physical and on-line attendance, as well as via television and radio networks will strengthen the relationships across all youth in the region.

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Do we PNG youths know about this, HIV/ AIDS is a reality and as young people of this country, it is our turn to do something to contribute to stopping this disease spreading!!!!

Can the Ministry for Youths support young people to to attend this program??

For further information, please visit: http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/logicworks/yfsf/1.htm
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