USP celebrates UN International Youth Day

The Tongan Students Association in their traditional attire at the UN International Youth Day at the Japan ICT Centre. Picture: EPARAMA WARUA

The USP Indo-Fijian Students’ Association (ISA) in partnership with Youth and Student for Peace (YSP) celebrated UN International Youth Day at the Japan ICT Centre yesterday.

The celebration saw cultural performances from USP’s member countries cultural groups participating to commemorate International Youth Day.

Officiating at the event, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata said there should be more emphasis on empowering our youths for a better tomorrow.

“The need to empower youth for a better tomorrow is connected both, to the financial elevation as well as increment of the standard of living. This year’s theme highlights efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves, and as rooted in Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” he said.

Yutaka Yamada, adviser for YSP said while delivering his speech that young people are nothing but participants in developing a culture of sustainable peace.

“Young people, in every generation have a vital active and central role to play in building sustainable peace for everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, President of ISA said celebrating Youth Day and integrating an Oceania Cultural night is quite fitting as it celebrates Pacific diversity.

“Through performances from the various island countries which make up the USP members, we’re showcasing Pacific diversity and this is equally important as empowering and recognizing our youths,” he said.

 

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