20 Feb 2015

Pacific youth speak out against corruption

1:23 pm on 20 February 2015

40 Pacific youth representatives from 15 countries in the region are travelling to Suva this weekend for the inaugural Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption.

Young men in Vanuatu.

Young men in Vanuatu. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Forum, which opens on Sunday , in Nadi and runs until Tuesday, is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in collaboration with the Pacific Youth Council.

A UNDP Anti-Corruption Specialist based at the UNDP Pacific Centre in Suva, Mihaela Stojkoska, says the forum hopes to raise the profile and voices of often marginalised youth groups in the region.

"Our objective is to gather young people from about 15 countries of the region, to discuss corruption their perception of corruption, how youth can be taking leadership in the fight against corruption, speaking out, raising their voice finding innovative ways to tackle corruption and stuff like that."

Mihaela Stojkoska says they are hoping that setting up a Pacific Youth Anti-Corruption network is one of the long term outcomes that will come from the forum.