The call for ‘youths to be included in decision making’ has been highlighted again at the Resilient Pacific Meeting (PRM) underway in Suva, Fiji.
Pacific and Youth Representative Ms Sunishma Singh has told the meeting, youths are affected as much as adults in climate change issues and should be able to have a say in decisions affecting their livelihoods.
Ms Singh was part of an interactive panel session alongside Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Fiji H.E Albon Ishoda, Mr Scott Hook of the Pacific islands Forum Secretariat and Mr Christopher Wagner, Head of cooperation, EU delegation to Fiji.
“We have the broader knowledge and we come from communities and we face those kinds of problems which we think that we know the better answer to that,” Ms Singh said.
H.E Albon Ishoda encouraged youths to have the courage to raise their voices in the platforms provided.
He said nowadays youths are more courageous unlike youths in the past.
“I am afraid to say, we did not have as much courage as we needed. So youths do stand united as this is now passed onto you the younger generation,” he said.
The inaugural PRM is being held at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji from 1 to 3 May 2019.
With the theme, Youth Futures in a Resilient Pacific, the PRM is a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder meeting that will take stock of progress and review and strengthen operational processes relating to the implementation of the three goals of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP).