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Phase 2: Meeting for youth representatives in Mauritius

In January 2005, 96 youth from 37 island nations in the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions met at Pointe aux Sables in Mauritius to decide on the major issues of concern for youth.

The youth had a very packed six-day programme, with preparatory workshops, panel and small group discussions sessions, regional cultural evenings and field trips. They deliberated themes such as 'Life and love in islands', 'My island home' and 'Money in my pocket'.

On 12th January 2005, the youth presented their Youth Declaration to the main International Meeting for the Review of the Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States. This Declaration recognised that youth have a specific and significant role to play in sustainable development especially as they have the experience of living in both traditional and modern settings. The youth called upon their governments, the private sector and civil society to help them play a significant role in decision making, to strengthen their role as environmental advocates and especially to assist them in securing viable job opportunities.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not content with just a declaration, the youth representatives from each country committed themselves to solid community-based actions.

The closing ceremony of Youth Visioning was attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan, his wife, Nane, and the Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura. They listened closely as the youth committed themselves to follow-up projects and activities.

Addressing the youth, Mr. Annan said 'I am happy to see you assume your responsibilities and that you are not content with slogans'. Mr. Annan was especially impressed by the youths' commitments to action and said 'You have the voice and the power'. 

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