18 Feb 2015

Pacific youth advocate against corruption

8:38 pm on 18 February 2015

Over 40 youth representatives from 15 Pacific Islands countries will gather in Nadi, Fiji, on Sunday to discuss ways to address corruption in the region.

The Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption which opens on Sunday, brings together young Pacific leaders between the ages of 18 to 25 and aims to provide an opportunity to raise awareness on corruption and its negative impacts in their respective countries.

The youths are being supported by the United Nations Development Programme, and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime in partnership with the Pacific Youth Council with funding from the Australian government.

Forum organisers say its aim is to give a voice to the young and marginalised people around the region who are speaking out against corruption and its corrosive effects on society.

The forum, which closes on Tuesday, is part of the UNDP's Youth strategy 2014 -2017 which aims to support capacity development of young people and youth organisations, by equipping them to engage in local and national development processes.