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Fiji youth promotes youth involvement abroad

Friday, August 18, 2017

Update: 2:26PM THIRD-year student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Broderick Mervyn is currently in South Korea to promote youth involvement in the water sector by increasing their awareness of water resource management issues.

The Bachelor of Laws and Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights student was selected to represent  Fiji to the 6th Asia Pacific Youth Parliamentarian for Water in South Korea.

Mr Mervyn who is also a volunteer for Scripture Union Fiji and Project Survival Pacific, as well as a member of the Pacific Youth Against Corruption, said the objective of the meet was to look into areas of focus, such as contemporary issues of water affecting youths.

"The main objective is to raise youth awareness about water issues and strengthen youth capacities to act for water," Mr Mervyn said.

"To coordinate youth action and advocacy relating to water at local, regional and international level and to guarantee recognition of youth as key stakeholders in the water sector.

"This is a real opportunity to highlight the frequent water cuts issues that we are currently facing in our country and discuss measures that can be taken to prevent those.

"It is essential that young people highlight their commitment to water, develop an understanding of water issues, and contribute to the Forum with solutions based on their initiatives and their projects."

The 2015 Youth Prime Minister for Fiji said the meet was a great opportunity for him as an emerging leader to interact with youth leaders from all walks of life and he thanked God for His constant favor on his life.

"I would like to thank the Ministry of Environment from the Republic of South Korea and the Korea Water Forum for considering my application and giving me that opportunity," Mr Mervyn said.

He is encouraging young people to be active and make a change and not let others make that change for them.

"I would also like to see more young people involved in workshops, conferences and seminars offered locally and also our Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education and tertiary institutions to continue to support these programs for our youths to prepare them for better representation in international events."

The meet ended yesterday.

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