BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD
Pacific Youth Charter
In July 2006, the Ministry of Youth and Culture in French Polynesia, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Tahitian youth organisation Union Polynésienne pour la Jeunesse (UPJ) teamed up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to organise a festival designed to offer young Pacific people an opportunity to have their voices heard. The 6-day festival in Tahiti drew approximately 900 youth leaders (aged 16-30) from 25 countries and territories of the Pacific, who came together to share experiences and promote their concerns and visions of how young Pacific islanders can take the lead in promoting positive change in their communities and make an impact on the agenda for regional development.
One concrete aim was to produce a Pacific Youth Charter that sets out young people's visions and recommendations - defining priorities for youth-led action at the local, national, and regional levels. Adopted at the final day of the event, the Pacific Youth Charter reflects the discussions held and highlights a shared vision of young people for the development of the region. The Charter covers the topics good governance, active citizenship, education and training, social and professional integration, sustainable development, cultural diversity, health, equality, and peace promotion
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