My World, My SIDS SIDS Youth Networking 2013
Young Pacific islanders to envision the future they want at “My World, My SIDS: YES”
UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA provide a space to ensure that young people of the Pacific can contribute their vision for the future of small islands to the 2014 Global SIDS Conference which will be held in Apia (Samoa) in September 2014.
UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA with support from other UN partners and the regional organizations in SIDS areas (SPC, PIFS, CARICOM and IOC) are supporting a process for young people to share their issues, envision the future young people want, and participate in the process of developing the outcomes of the Apia 2014 Global Conference.
Thirty young islanders, aged from twelve to thirty years old, will be given the opportunity to take part in a five day workshop in Nadi, Fiji from the 4-9 of July. They will have the opportunity to share their issues, envision the future they want for themselves and for the development of their countries.
They are invited to express a common reflection on the destiny of their countries and to issue concrete suggestions that will serve as the starting point for the drafting of an outcomes document that will be the new plan of action for SIDS during the SIDS World Conference, organized by the UN in September 2014.
This workshop is one is a series of workshops happening across the SIDS regions. The young people of the Caribbean will be the first ones to benefit from such an unprecedented and intense experience. Theirs will be the first meeting from a series of three consultations. It will last from 26 June until 1 July 2013 in Kingston (Jamaica). The young islanders of the Pacific will meet next, and finally, the Indian Ocean youth will meet in Victoria (Seychelles) from the 11 until 16 July 2013.
Several youth representatives elected by these young people will have the opportunity to represent the voices of SIDS youth during various regional and inter-regional preparatory meetings in the coming months.
My World, My SIDS: Y.E.S!
TanoaSkylodge Hotel, Nadi, Fiji
July 4-9, 2013
Background for SIDS:
Barbados Programme of Action 1994: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/conf167/aconf167-9.htm
Mauritius Implementation Strategy: http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/MIM/A-conf.207-crp.7-Mauritius%20Strategy%20paper.pdf
The Future We Want: https://rio20.un.org/sites/rio20.un.org/files/a-conf.216l-1_english.pdf.pdf
The Global Conversation begins: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/MDG/english/global-conversation-begins-web.pdf
Youth Visioning for Island Living: www.youthvisioning.org/
Human rights instruments on youth:
The United National Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN General Assembly 1989): http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/44/a44r025.htm
The World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond (UN General Assembly 1996): http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/documents/wpay.pdf
National/regional strategies on youth:
The Pacific Youth Strategy 2010 (SPC 2006): http://www.youthpolicy.org/library/wp-content/uploads/library/2010_Pacific_Youth_Strategy_Eng1.pdf
Regional reports on youth:
The State of Pacific Youth Report 2005 (UNICEF Pacific, SPC, UNFPA 2005): http://www.unicef.org/eapro/State_of_Pacific_youth_2005_FINAL.pdf
The State of Pacific Youth 2011: Opportunities and Obstacles (UNICEF Pacific 2011): http://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/State_of_the_Pacific_Youth_Report_web.pdf
Giving South Pacific Youth a Voice: Youth development through participation (World Bank 2008): http://siteresources.worldbank.org/PACIFICISLANDSEXTN/Resources/WorldBankPacificYouthReportpart1.pdf?cid=ISG_E_WBWeeklyUpdate_NL
Declarations from Pacific youth summits:
The Koror Statement on Youth Empowerment for a Secure, Prosperous and Sustainable Future (SPC 2005): http://www.spc.int/hdp/Documents/youth_stakeholders_meeting/Koror_Statement.pdf
The Suva Declaration from the 2nd Pacific Youth Festival: Actioning the Youth Agenda (SPC 2009): http://www.spc.int/hdp/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=186&Itemid=44
Youth Visioning for Island Living (UNESCO 2005): www.unesco.org/csi/smis/siv/yv/progYV.doc
The Pacific Youth Charter (World Bank 2006): http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTEAPREGTOPSOCDEV/Resources/502632-1163365702511/Youth_Charter_English.pdf