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First Round of Youth Speak Forum held in Central Division


SUVA, April 28, 2018: The Fiji Youth Speak Forum (YSF) 2018 held at the University of the South Pacific, Suva campus on April 28 motivated and engaged Pacific youths in meaningful discussions and supported them to take concrete actions in fighting climate change and sustaining aquatic life.

The Chief Guest, Hon. Rosy Akbar, Minister for Health & Medical Services acknowledged the need for youth to get more involved in assisting governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially for action on climate change (SDG14) and ocean (SDG13).

The AIESEC and PIDF collaborated Fiji YSF 2018 attracted close to 80 youth to attend the event. Gratitude is expressed to the generous sponsors such as Vodafone Fiji, International Labour Organisation, South Pacific Waste Recyclers, Bank of the South Pacific, the University of the South Pacific, the University of Fiji and the COP23 Secretariat.

Inspiring sessions were conducted by an experienced set of presenters to the likes of Lagi Toribau an independent Environment and Development Consultant, Krishneil Narayan a consultant on sustainable development and a climate change policy expert, Dr. Joeli Veitayaki an Associate Professor at the School of Marine Studies and also Director for the International Ocean Institute Pacific Islands based at the USP and is Co-Chair of the Korea-South Pacific Ocean Forum.

The YSF 2018 was the first of three held in the central division with two others planned for the Northern and Western division. This initiative of engaging youth in climate action in the aftermath of cyclones Josie and Keni, remain in context and extremely timely. 

YouthSpeak Forum is an event powered and organized by AIESEC that takes place in multiple locations globally, bringing top young leaders together with business leaders, thought leaders and experts for a conversation around youth contribution to the global agenda. The aim is to generate actionable ideas that will impact the world.