Bougainville youth in mock parliament

3:03 pm on 7 March 2016

Aid agencies are running a youth parliament this week to raise awareness about the issues facing Papua New Guinea's Bougainville.

It involves about 40 people aged between 18 and 35 and is being held in the parliament house of the autonomous Bougainville parliament.

PNG's country representative of the United Nations Population Fund, Walter Mendonca-Filho, says they are trying to develop leadership skills among the youth of Bougainville.

"So we see this as capacity building, as leadership grooming, also particularly in the case of Bougainville they have a lot of young people, so we need to work closely with young people as they lead up to their referendum."

Bougainville is to hold a referendum on possible independence from PNG by 2020.