Twenty Pacific youth leaders will be meeting for the next four days to discuss challenges and the issues affecting youths at the 6th Young Pacific Leaders Conference held in Suva today.
Officiating at the event Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Alipate Nagata urged the youth leaders to focus on the four pillars which is Civic Leadership, Environment and Resource Management, Education, Economic and Social Development.
“Young Leaders, to lead is to serve. To lead effectively you must drive change and serve your people. Change is inevitable and we must advocate what we believe in for the good of our communities and countries.”
“Advocate for environment and climate, resource management, education, health and well-being and economic development which will have an impact on our social progress as a community.”
Nagata said in the Pacific today, Fiji with its neighbors constantly live with the fear that one day their country will be taken by the sea.
“This is the threat of climate change which is affecting our economic and social development and giving rise to ‘climate induced resettlement’.”
“While we can conclude that we have to live with climate change we must not forget that we can still drive change in our existence to alleviate this dilemma for our future generation.”
Nagata urged leaders that educating their own communities and helping sustain their resources should not only apply to the environment but to a wider anatomy of our communities.
“As ‘Young Pacific Leaders’ I challenge you to advocate for change and volunteer your time, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to stimulate the quality of life in your community, or find ways to positively influence individuals, organizations and issues and contribute to the common good of your communities.”
“Young leaders, you have the energy to make change and help your peers be aware of their self-worth. Instill in them a sense of pride which will help them make good decisions about themselves and enhance their self-value.”
With the four-day conference aimed to generate ideas and ways to empower the young leaders, Mr Nagata is adamant that the conference will be an opportunity for the young leaders of the Pacific to be part of something great, to have a voice and most importantly to make a difference through positive contributions in their respective countries.