Youth Visioning for Island Living. What is Youth Visioning?. A process whereby young people articulate how they want their islands to develop in the future and then take action to make their vision become reality. Background:
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A process whereby young people articulate how they want their islands to develop in the future and then take action to make their vision become reality.
Involve youth in preparation for the review of SIDS Programme of Action in the run up to MIM, January 2005.
Proposed by Ministry of Education & Scientific Research in Mauritius; facilitated and supported by UNESCO through SIV, Bureau of Strategic Planning Youth Section and other partners.
Phase I: Preparation
Phase II: In Mauritius
Discussions focusing on sharing ideas and experiences between youth from the 3 regions and developing concrete, youth-led project proposals for implementation in their home islands
Culture – 7 islands
HIV/AIDS – 4 islands
Substance abuse – 3 islands
Youth and governance – 2 islands
Teenage pregnancy – 1 island
Singapore: Joy 2005!
Objective: To promote inter-generational exchange between the youth and the elderly, by celebrating Chinese New Year (7 Feb 2005) with a steamboat feast for 105 elderly inhabitants.
Mauritius: Empowering disabled youth Objective: To promote and preserve the skills of disabled youth; to raise awareness in the society and to help them become self-reliant and independent.
Fiji: Young Leaders for a sustainable FijiObjective: To raise awareness on environmental issues amongst the young leaders at local, regional and global levels including instruments on the environment (National Environment Act of Fiji, Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, Barbados Programme of Action for SIDS and Mauritius Strategy)
Implementation in progress (2)Dominica: Sensitisation and clean-up campaign in Gutter villageObjectives: To educate residents on the impact of improper waste management, to get them involved in cleaning up their neighbourhood and keeping it clean and to uplift the image of the communityCape Verde: Youth and children against HIV/AIDSObjective: Raise awareness on HIV/AIDS issues and prevention through sports.Dominica: Parle CreoleObjective: To promote Dominican heritage through the teaching and use of CreoleSt. Vincent& the Grenadines: Regional Sandwatch FairObjectives: To raise awareness about destruction of the beaches and involve members of the community, particularly the youth, in cleaning and maintaining the beaches.
Antigua & Barbuda: Youth employment & small business development
Bahamas: Refreshing da Well (clean up an unused well, turn into a fountain)
Cuba: Creating a bulletin on environmental education activitiesMadagascar: Environmental education for all
Maldives: Sanitation and safe drinking water (awareness raising for schools)Jamaica: Training youth to teach children about eco-tourism and environmental awareness Kiribati: The beauty of S.Tarawa (waste management)Palau: Recycling for a better Palau
Seychelles : Helping create more youth employment through local investmentTrinidad & Tobago: Eye on SandwatchTurks & Caicos: Beautiful by nature (create a club environmental awareness for school children)
Youth Visioning and the Mauritius Declaration and Strategy
The need to involve youth in working for the sustainable development of SIDS is repeatedly emphasized
Recognize that women and youth as well as the civil society are playing a key role in promoting sustainable development activities in small island developing States and encourage them in their efforts -----Mauritius Declaration, paragraph 15
Small island developing states recognize the integral role of youth in sustainable development and express the need to further ensure their participation….-----Mauritius Strategy, paragraph 14
Further action is required by small island developing States, with the necessary support of the international community to: (h) Involve youth in visioning sustainable island living -----Mauritius Strategy, paragraph 72
The 8 goals are connected and have a bearing on the youth, which makes 1/5th of the world population
Investing in youth will provide the longest and most effective dividend towards meeting the MDGs by building the social capital needed to foster pragmatic development.
(Youth & the MDGs: Challenges & Opportunities for implementation, April 2005)
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