FSM Youth Summit

I'm a little concerned to what or where are the outcomes of the recent FSM Youth Summit that was held in Chuuk State in early August? FIrst off, who are the FSM Youth Council's newly appointed officers and who are the State Youth Council Officers from each State? What has been discussed during the summit and more importantly what Resolutions are the youths of FSM endorsing to support our local governments and communities? And also, I heard that the hosting island operated on Zero funding for the summit. Was that possible!? Wow! Did the summit even adjourned? Anyone with information please share.

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  • i'd like to know
  • May we know who you are and your connection to the summit, please.
  • FYI Jerg,

    11 August, 2017
    Chuuk, FSM - His Excellency, Peter
    M. Christian, President of the Federated
    States of Micronesia (FSM), held a highprofile
    National Youth Conference from
    8‒10 August in the state of Chuuk to mark
    International Youth Day 2017. In his
    keynote address, the President reflected
    on the need to focus on peacebuilding
    following periods of difficulty, “It is okay
    to fall, but it is more important to pick
    yourself up afterwards.” He encouraged
    youth delegates to persevere for their
    aspirations.
    The theme of International Youth Day,
    “Youth building peace” is a significant one
    for the Pacific region as it speaks to the role
    of young people in seeking opportunities
    to shape their futures and live happily in
    peace. The theme is also engrained in the
    Pacific Youth Development Framework
    (2014‒2023), which was developed by
    SPC working with partners and youth.
    The Framework is a guide for addressing
    youth issues in the region through the
    development of programmes and policies
    in both the youth sector and across other
    development sectors. One of its strategic
    approaches is an inclusive rights-based
    approach that specifies the importance
    of involving young people in decisionmaking.
    When young people are included
    in policymaking process, leaders can
    make more informed and more successful
    policy decisions.
    FSM’s National Youth Coordinator, Mr
    Stuard Penias emphasised the critical role
    of youth for the future of the entire region.
    “Our youth can be agents of peace,” said
    Mr. Penias, “this is why we have
    dedicated this conference to establish
    the structure through which we can
    work together with young people to
    ensure that we have a peaceful and
    prosperous nation.”
    During the conference FSM state
    youth councils and other youth
    delegates provided inputs to shape
    the development of the national
    youth policy and their own youth
    state action plans. These were
    formalised by the adoption of an
    outcomes statement, which included
    recommendations such as promoting
    youth entrepreneurship by utilising
    local resources. Youth delegates also
    stressed the need for stronger policy
    measures to prevent the scourge of noncommunicable
    diseases (NCD) such as
    tax-control on alcohol and cigarettes.
    The issue of gender-based and family
    violence was discussed at length,
    prompting the youth delegates to call
    for culturally-appropriate communitybased
    interventions. Newly elected
    President of the FSM National Youth
    Council, Mr Timothy Ruda, remarked on
    the importance of discussing such issues
    within the context of culture saying, “Our
    culture is an ever-changing process, and it
    needs to take into account the realities of
    youth today and issues such as dress-code
    and physical punishment of children.”
    The state of Kosrae in FSM also shared
    their innovative approach to empower
    young people through the 16 Remarkable
    Teens Programme. This initiative,
    implemented by the State Government
    and the youth-led Kosrae Youth
    Development Association, recognises
    and supports the efforts of young people
    to contribute to their community in
    different ways. Working in partnership
    with young people can promote peace,
    can resolve intergenerational conflict,
    and can contribute to greater citizenry to
    contribute towards social and economic
    growth and development.
    The Pacific Community has long been a
    strong advocate for youth issues with the
    subject set as a standing agenda item for
    the Pacific Community’s annual meeting
    of the Committee of Representatives
    of Governments and Administrations
    (CRGA). At the 47th CRGA, held in
    Nouméa from 24 to 26 July, members
    acknowledged the advances made in
    strengthening data on the situation of
    youth including youth entrepreneurship
    and the integration of youth into new
    sectors such as climate change. Members
    also applauded the efforts to strengthen
    youth networks and ensure that key
    populations of youth are better represented
    in decision-making processes. Particular
    note was made on the need to establish a
    network for LGBTI youth and encourage
    their engagement in policy dialogues.
    Through a standing partnership with
    the Pacific Youth Council (PYC), SPC
    also provides administrative support,
    mentorship, and hosting to the PYC
    Secretariat. A grant has supported their
    governance structure and sustainability
    planning. This allows the PYC to provide
    support, in turn, to 10 National Youth
    Councils, providing capacity-building
    opportunities, advocacy and facilitated
    partnerships to support objectives at
    country level. Most significantly, the
    establishment of Young Entrepreneurs
    Councils in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands,
    and Tonga now serve as networks for
    young entrepreneurs.
    Recent progress across the region and
    within countries promises significant
    results for the future, in which youth
    build peace, building on significant work
    already being done.
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