23 May 2007

Pacific parliamentary forum opens in Samoa

9:54 am on 23 May 2007

The United Nations Population Funds Representative to the Pacific, Najib Assifi, has urged the Pacific parliamentarians gathered in the Samoan capital, Apia, to be active champions for the young people of the Pacific.

More than 50 representatives are attending the 2nd Regional Meeting for Pacific Parliamentarians.

A New Zealand delegate, MP Steve Chadwick, agrees that the Pacific should invest in young people and their human rights.

She says she will be pushing for a couple of issues to be discussed at the week long conference.

"I chair the standing committee of Women, so I'm always on the lookout for Women's issues that I will take to the Women's conference in China later in the year, but I will be pushing the youth development issues and the youth health issues here at this conference."

New Zealand representative, MP Steve Chadwick.