In an effort to ensure their plight is heard when Fiji's new constitution is drafted, 84 youths from all over Fiji exchanged ideas at the Novotel Convention Centre yesterday.
Speaking to The Fiji Times, National Youth Council and Youth Assembly of Fiji head, Roshika Deo said the gathering of the youths from different ethnic backgrounds was a way to encourage active citizenship among youths and highlight issues of concern to them.
"All the discussions and issues coming out of the discussions will be put forward to the Constitution Commission as submissions," Ms Deo said.
She said the issues participants highlighted were that young people in Fiji should be better represented and should not be considered as future leaders.
"We are already leaders. We should be given merit, taken seriously and we should be involved in all the processes that are taking place."
Ms Deo said the youths wanted peace, democracy and human rights.
The youths also designed posters, paintings and art and crafts to highlight their importance in the society.