One Young World Oceania

A platform for Oceania-based One Young World Ambassadors to share what drives them.

Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania: Challenges and Opportunities

I have been incredibly fortunate to have been elected the Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania as a part of One Young World earlier this year. I was elected after having attended the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. On the recommendation of our previous Coordinating Ambassador Luke Fitzmaurice, I took on the challenge of CA as I am passionate advocate for our region and I wanted the opportunity to continue enhancing  exisiting relationships with youth leaders and youth focused organisations across our beautiful region. I also understood and appreciated the great opportunity have access to the resources, channels of influence, promotion and networks of One Young World to promote other passions of mine. Namely increasing interregional as well intercultural dialogue, understanding and networks across the Pacific.

I have entitled this piece challenges and opportunities in the hopes that it will give future CA’s an indication of the work they can look forward to. I also wanted to ensure there is some continuity in the work Luke and I have begun.  I’ve given a lot of thought to some of the concerns, challenges and ideas I had had time in my time as CA. Some of it may be to philosophical, and I hope it challenges you all to think critically when you think and talk about Oceania; when you think and talk about the Pacific.

We are lucky in one sense that our region is comparatively (population wise) very small. However geographically, we are spread far across and in between the great Pacific Ocean. In mainstream rhetoric and of course development literature and dialogue; a region characterised by small developing island states, tiny remote dots of land distanced from world economic centres. Here I embrace  the late Professor ‘Epeli Hau’ofa’s (Tongan, born in Papua New Guinea and lived his final days in Fiji) reconceptualisation of our region as a “Sea of Islands” – a concept he was incredibly passionate about, reclaiming the autonomy of the Pacific and rightfully stressing empowerment which speaks loudly of many islands encompassing a huge ocean area, rich in resources, cultures, and peoples unhindered by boundaries. It is the richness and strength of this diversity which we have overtime learned to forget, and tend not to appreciate.

The Pacific is an interesting region. We have a mixture of developed countries (Australia, NZ), a whole group of independent/ semi dependent developing countries, as well as overseas territories, collectivities and dependent territories. It is a region that is still grappling with colonialism, infused with British, French, American, Australian, New Zealand, Chilean and Indonesian influence in various ways. The political status of some countries mean we no longer have the traditional connections that once were the norm in this region. Pacific Youth Summits called in the region often leave out our cousins who are part of territories of larger countries. Three of the last Pacific youth regional forums I have attended failed to produce any representatives or contact from French Polynesia, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna (France), American Samoa, Guam, Marianas, Hawaii (USA), Rapanui (Chile), West Papua (Indonesia), Tokelau, Niue. This forced dichotimisation is false; it is glaringly obvious when you analyse the historical connections, the similarities in cultures and language, the networks of extended families and friends, and reference point of the great Pacific Ocean in mediating the lives we all live.

Opportunities

What do OYW ambassadors get up to after or in between summit? A whole lot really. They return to their countries, and organisations, empowered and refreshed to continue and enhance the work that they do for other young people.

  • I shared in this blog piece reflecting on my time at the OYW Summit in Thailand that the best part of any Summit is the people you meet, and the networks you form, and for me, the best part of both OYW 15 and 16 has been meeting, and getting to know the fantastic youth ambassadors and leaders from our very own region. Oceania. We have limited opportunities to all meet together as a region. For young people not attached to National Youth Councils this is very true. So the opportunity to come together on the world stage, to meet, fellowship, network and dialogue is golden, and one I whole heartedly appreciate.
  • Promoting greater awareness: One of my particular focuses was on promoting young leaders from the Pacific, the work they are engaged in, the youth focused organisations they are a part of, as part and parcel of my attempt to increase intercultural and interregional appreciation, awareness and understanding of the fantastic work taking place in this region across a diverse range of sectors. You can see in the blog here snippets of OYW Oceania ambassadors from last years Summit.
  • Blogging/Tweeting/ Social Media: You get to commission blogs from OYW Ambassadors and have these featured on the OYW website and Huffington Post. Here are two blogs we were grateful to have promoted from Sameer Chand (Fiji), and Andrew Ponton (Tuvalu). In addition to the Facebook group page, we have a twitter account @OYWOceania which I have been using to promote ambassadors, updating/ live tweeting on the summit, and keeping people updated about news in the region related to youth.
  • Regional discussions: Part of your responsibility will be conducting a regional discussion via skype/ google hangout on a thematic areas which OYW will give to you. Your role is to facilitate the discussion, canvas the opinions of ambassadors spread across the region, and then present a summary of that discussion to OYW – which in turn is then used to shape the focus and structure of that thematic area at the next OYW Summit.
  • Local/ Regional physical Meetings: We are fortunate to have Triona Maddic our National Youth League Partner in Australia who has been organising events and meet ups for ambassadors. I did try and host a Regional Caucus meet in Samoa earlier this year, however given the time constraints, peoples work commitments and so on, we were not able to meet physically. What we did do quite well is keep in touch on Facebook. In future perhaps 2 years worth of planning, and developing a clear purpose and tangible outcome may be more reason for people to meet.

Logistical Challenges

  • Internet access, and access to quality fibre, and affordable access is an ongoing challenge across the region – especially for our Small island developing states (SIDS). This makes it incredibly difficult to maintain contact, to have full participation in any campaigns organised, or proposed skype/online meetings. 3 Months into my term as CA, I admit feeling somewhat distressed and unappreciated after having being (what I thought was super organised) in organising online consultations for thematic discussions for OYW – only to be told by Luke not to take it personally. He reminded me and rightfully so that most of us are volunteers, with full time jobs, actual lives, and in some parts limited connectivity.

  • Gmail/Mailchimp/Database/: You will receive a copy of the database of all previous OYW Oceania Ambassadors. We have over 100 strong. The problem is most of the emails have changed. There are ambassadors who no longer wish to be part of the network. Also Gmail’s recently revised regulations on spam and mass mailing effectively mean the free mailchimp account you’re given will not work. You could spend time sending the same email in batches but that takes time. Resolution: I’ve been posting updates via this blog and then sharing it via the Facebook Group Page. It seems to have worked in the last few months.

  • Regional Campaigns: given the diversity of sectors/ thematic interests of our ambassadors it was difficult to find a campaign that we could get going region wide. The ambassadors of 2015 had focused a considerable amount of effort on Climate Change – via all Call on COP Videos and climate related activism in our respective organisations. This is my fault given the pressure to get something done before the next summit, and the pressure then to prepare to represent the region at the Summit, meet, connect and induct a whole new batch of ambassadors. On reflecting, it would have been better to continue promoting the individual work/ projects.

Recommendations

In moving forward I still see an incredible amount of potential, hampered by the volunteer status of all our ambassadors, no funding from HQ, the immense responsibility and work load on one person, and the need to grow the network across the region particularly in our Pacific Countries. On this make the following recommendations:

  • I have contacted HQ about the need for more Pacific representation and the need to allocate resources specifically to drumming up participants from Pacific countries (offered the NYLOC as an example).
  • I would strongly advocate for the creating of an OYW Oceania Executive Committee formed of OYW Oceania Ambassadors whose role is to support and progress the work of the Coordinating Ambassador. As noted the CA has particular responsibilities in reporting to, connecting with HQ. We need an Executive Committee that will progress all the other work, develop funding applications, developing a database of sponsors, partners, continue building networks with youth focused/ led organisations across Oceania, organise campaigns, provide opportunities for physical meetings and to continue building the OYW Ambassador and OYW Oceania brand across the region.
  • I would strongly advocate that the CA term be increased to 2 years Minimum and that a proposed executive committee be given a term of 3 years.

As always I am happy to answer any questions or have conversations with ambassadors considering taking on the CA role. It is a lot of work, and tapping into the knowledge, insight, strength and passion of our regions ambassadors  is the way forward.

Fa’afetai tele lava.

Tim Baice

 

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Interregional and intercultural dialogue a powerful force for development 

Our One Young World Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania reflects on the One Young World Summit in Thailand 2015, and shares his hopes and aspirations for OYW Ottawa 2016

Since joining the #OYW Movement I have been amazed with the great opportunities that entail. Last year I was fortunate to listen to Professor Muhammad Yunas talk about social enterprise and to hear about his extensive work and in particular, a project focused on increasing the financial literacy (and thus empowering the capacity) of rural women in India to take charge and leadership within their communities. Or listening to former Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Kofi Annan share his epic experiences on the world stage, alongside Sir Bob Geldoff who both challenges us to think critically about the level and influence and powerwe as a generation have in order to change the world. I beamed with pride hearing former President of Ireland Miss Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland encouraged us all to champion the cause of climate change, challenging us all to do our parts.

In addition to the fabulous speakers, one of the greatest highlights for me was meeting a diverse range of peoples from across Oceania. All of us, as delegates from the Pacific were able to immediately connect, and make broader connections to the organizations we are attached to, and also friends and family we all know. This global movement and conversation provided a unique platform for all us from the small Islands of the Pacific to come together and to stand united and committed to addressing the common challenges our region faces. This was timely given our global community was preparing for the COP21 in December of that year, giving One Young World delegates the opportunity to call upon our various leaders to take the issue of climate change seriously. We had a strong delegation from Samoa, Palau, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Australia and New Zealand. We stood with immense pride, hope, and admiration as our brother Bryant Zebedy from the Marshall Islands delivered a stern and passionate talk about the effects of climate change in the Pacific and the very real scenario in which many of our peoples could become climate change refugees; forced to migrate due to processes of climate change, if the international community were not able to commit itself to greater emissions reductions and greater care of the environment in time. Our reps from Samoa and Vanuatu were also featured in an interview with the German media.

Since the OYW Summit in Thailand, we’ve all kept in contact, sharing ideas, resources and best practices. One of the great things that instantly connected us all in Thailand, was that all of us were involved in some youth organization, or some form of youth advocacy within our respective countries, many of us tied to our regional body the Pacific Youth Council (PYC), our regional representative body in some shape or form. What I look forward to most at this years Summit? Of course the wonderful and amazing Cher – but equally as important to me; meeting our newest group of delegates from Oceania, connecting with them, learning more about what they do, and then forging working relationships and network to continue empowering the youth of our wonderful region. Thank you One Young World for validating our work and giving us these global opportunities to do what we do best.

One Young World Oceania: Updates #4

Alii, Halo Oloketa, Yokwe, Kaselehlie maingko, Ko na mauri Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Malo ‘e lelei, Ia Orana, Aloha, Kia Ora, Yandanji, Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and warm Oceanic Greetings

Many of you will be aware that plans for the One Young World Summit in Ottawa- Canada are well underway and the programme is shaping up rather nicely. Earlier, OYW Headquarters confirmed Iconic singer and Oscar Winning Actress Cher as a OYW Counselor. A long time LGBTI rights activist, Cher will share her wonderful insights, experiences and knowledge with OYW Youth activists passionate about promoting the rights and interests of target equity groups the world over. I for one am certainly looking forward to the discussions and sharing due to take place at this years Summit.

Meanwhile, on this side of the world, OYW Ambassadors in Oceania have been incredibly busy advocating, provoking thought, promoting and representing the voices, interests of youth within their particular parts of our great region. It would be impossible to capture absolutely everything our wonderful ambassadors do, but we hope that these small snippets give some insight into the fantastic and diverse youth focused and youth devoted work taking place right across the Pacific.


Ambassadors in Action:

Stephanie Jano Edward

OYW Ambassador for the Federated States of Micronesia

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OYW Ambassador for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Stephanie Jano Edward at the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand 2015.

Stephanie works full time with the State Government and has worked mainly in disseminating information to youth about initiatives and opportunities available to them. Stephanie is a Supervisor to a very active youth group: ‘Youth 4 change’  who receive training to implement community awareness programmes on adolescent health issues. Alcohol abuse has been the major focus of this years efforts. You can check out a video of Youth 4 Change performing During the 205 Substance Abuse Basketball Champion Ship Games in Pohnpei.

Earlier this year, one of FSM’s historical landmarks – the ancient ruins of Nan Madol was named a World Heritage Site at the World Heritage Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey this year. Stephanie and others teamed up with UNESCO and PREL to conduct a week long storytelling training for youth. United Youth Media, another group Stephanie is associated with were present and collated stories for this training which can be found here. Of particular note is the contribution of youth to this process, having had no previous experience which highlights the depth of talent and inspiration that can be drawn from our young people when we create enabling and empowering opportunities and spaces. Kalahngan Stephanie and thank you for your wonderful work.


Micheal Chin and Timothy Danusa

OYW Ambassadors for Australia – WESTPAC

Earlier last month, Michael and Timothy hosted informal networking drinks for 2016 OYW Delegates and Ambassadors from Westpac Australia. The invitation was also extended to other OYW Ambassadors in Australia. The successful event proved an opportunity for the all important network building and sharing of ideas. This is a fantastic initiative which enables the conversations that took place at summit to continue. It also acts as a social orientation for new delegates to meet and network with our currently established ambassadors. Micheal and Tim will be planning future events for our Australian based ambassadors.


Andrew Ponton

OYW Ambassador for Tuvalu

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Andrew Ponton (3rd from Right) OWY Ambassador for Tuvalu featured with fellow Mangrove Tree planters and the OWY Ambassador for Kiribati Rae Bainteiti (Far left) 2016

Our Tuvaluan Ambassador recently spent 2 months in Kiribati to start up partner distribution businesses. Whilst in Kiribati, Andrew participated in Mangrove planting and stood in solidarity with a Climate Action Event organised in Betio. The event called for the fossil fuel extraction as Kiribati and Tuvalu cannot afford a global temperature increase of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Andrew also recently began a youth organisation called ‘Food 21’ focused on strengthening food security in Tuvalu and has made ties with Climates, an Australian NGO that assists Pacific Islands NGO’s with access to Climate Change Funds. It is still early days for ‘Food 21’. Fakafetai Andrew.


Sameer Chand

OYW Ambassador for Fiji

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OYW Ambassador for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Stephanie Jano Edward at the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand 2015.

In the lead up to the One Young World Sustainable Finance Expert Event in the Cayman Islands in November 2016 of this year, our OYW Ambassador for Fiji Sameer Chand has been incredibly busy briefing and working with a range of organisations and Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) around the area of governance. In this blog piece, Sameer considers the arguments for ‘network governance’ as opposed to hierarchical governance’ stressing that good governance in the area of financial inclusion depends on a number of key  factors. He highlights exploring the case study of the Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) – the Alliance for Financial Inclusion model as an example of factors which must be closely examine in the context of financial inclusion. You can check out his blog piece here.



Coordinating Ambassador Updates

Tim Baice

OYW Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania/ OYW Ambassador for Samoa

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OYW Ambassador for Kiribati Rae Bainteiti and OYW Coordinating Ambassador Oceania/ Samoa Tim Baice at the Pacific CSO NZ Fono 2016 .

June

  • I helped support a fellow youth advocate and leader in her bid to participate in her first World Challenge Programme. The WCP gives young people the opportunity to engage in social and community development projects within developing countries. Yvette is travelling to Borneo. We held a successful quiz night in early June. You can check out what else has been going on here.
  • I was recently appointed to the Commonwealth Youth Council Special Interests Groups as a representative for LGBTI youth. You can find out more about my appointment here.
  • I was pleased to meet with Triona Maddick via skype to talk about ways in which Pacific ambassadors can greater connect with Oceania ambassadors in Australia. Triona is the Chair of the Australian National Young Leader Organising Committee (NYLOC) which supports and ensures strong delegate representation from Australia. Triona and I are both working on opportunities for Ambassadors in Australia and New Zealand to meet and network prior to the OYW Summit 2016.
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Pacific Delegates at the Pacific CSO NZ Fono 2016

July

  • Pacific Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) NZ Fono: I was delighted to attend this Fono along with Rae and a strong delegation of Pacific youth to ensure our voices were present. This was an opportunity for Pacific CSO’s in NZ to contribute to ongoing discussions and the current reviews on the revised blueprint for Pacific Regionalism. We were able to commit the Pacific Islands Association of Non Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) to working with Pacific peoples in NZ to ensure we are a part of this critical discussion.
  • I spent much of July on leave, taking much needed family time at home in Samoa 🙂

August

  • Samoa Business Network (SBN): I recently stood down from my position as Secretary for the Samoa Business Network at it’s AGM in early August. I have been a part of the organisation since it’s inception in 2013. I leave my current role as Secretary to pursue a strategic role in working with youth from the Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC) to provide them with opportunities for internships and event management experiences. You can see a summary of my activities with the SBN here.


Up and Coming

Australian Delegates to OYW Summit 16:

Triona has advised me that she and others will be organising a send off dinner for Australian Delegates. This has tentatively been scheduled for 20-22 September. Triona will be in contact.

NZ Delegates to OYW Summit 16:

I will be organising a dinner around the same scheduled tentative date for those of us based in Auckland/ NZ. I will be in contact.

All Oceania/Pacific Delegates:

I will be sending through a brief regarding the Summit and also establishing points and dates where we can meet together as a network at the Summit.

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OYW Ambassadors for Oceania at the 2015 OYW Summit in Thailand. (L- R) Bryant Zebedy (Marshall Islands), Stephanie Jano Edward (Federated States of Micronesia), Duncan Pasicale (Papua New Guinea), Joshua Savieti (Tonga), Nancy Rengiil (Palau), Sameer Chand (Fiji)

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to send them through. Am always looking forward to hear from you all. Malo fa’afetai. Soifua.

Tim Baice
Coordinating Ambassador: Oceania
One Young World
M: + 64 22 0800 859

One Young World Oceania Updates 3

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OYW Delegates from Oceania with Kate Robertson and David Jones, Co Founders of the One Young World (OYW) Movement, at the 2015 One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Alii, Halo Oloketa, Yokwe, Kaselehlie maingko, Ko na mauri Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Malo ‘e lelei, Ia Orana, Aloha, Kia Ora, Yandanji, Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and warm Oceanic Greetings

I hope this message finds you all well. It has been an incredibly busy last few months. I understand that you have all been busy in your various work and volunteer roles and I want to acknowledge our collective efforts in various activities. Malo fa’afetai. Here are our latest updates:

OYW Summit Survey 2:

Thanks to those ambassadors who were able to participate in the second stage of narrowing down discussion topics/ thematic foci for the annual Summit. It is important as Ambassadors for Oceania we continue to do all we can to ensure the voices and interests of our people and region are represented at this international forum. You can monitor the progress of these discussions and any updates via the OYW Facebook Page or Website.

Ambassadors in Action:

I’m calling out to all our OYW Oceania Ambassadors to send through any photos or updates about any particular work you are engaged with in relation to young people in our region. It would be great to profile some of the fantastic work our ambassadors our doing across the region. Alternatively if you would like to blog on a particular issue we would love to have those blogs published on the OYW Website and on Huffington Post.

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David Adams

OYW Ambassador for Oceania

New Zealand

David is the current head of the New Zealand Chapter of the Climb Against Sexual Abuse . Climb Against Sexual Abuse or CLIMB is an organization dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual violence while creating awareness in society. Their aim to break the silence on sexual violence and create a powerful movement of global change. CLIMB represents the journey that the victims take to become survivors. CLIMB represents the journey that we, as a society need to make to overcome the social repercussions that exist today.

CLIMBs mission is to encourage survivors to share their stories, seek the support they need and make sexual violence a more comfortable conversation. We want to present sexual violence in an unconventional way, combining the grief with the hope and the defeat with a symbolism of achievement.

David is calling for volunteers from Oceania who are passionate about this issue. Please email David directly.


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Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti:

OYW Ambassador for Oceania

Kiribati

Rae is the Founder and Coordinator of Kiribati Children Campaigner’s Network – KCCN. KCCN is an NGO based in the Nations capital, Tarawa to address issues faced by children of Kiribati

Rae recently participated in very important regional forum that was commissioned to discuss employment issues for young people across Oceania in Suva, Fiji. ‘The Pacific Youth Consultation and Training: Improving Employment Opportunities for Youth in Fragile and/or Conflict-Affected Situations’ which took place in May was co-hosted by the Asian Development Bank, the Pacific Community and the Pacific Youth Council and has brought together young people from nine Pacific countries.

This four-day workshop aimed to improve awareness on the challenges confronting Pacific youth and identify opportunities for addressing these challenges. It also provided a platform to strengthen the voice of Pacific youth in the process of developing policies and programs that improve skills, employment and decent work outcomes for young Pacific people, especially those who live in what ADB considers as fragile and/or conflict affected situations following a methodology based on ADB’s country performance assessment


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Tim Baice:

Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania

Samoa

The months of April/May have been incredibly busy, and all my attention has been devoted to supporting the #FreeWetPapua and #LetWestPapuaVote Campaign. I’ve taken this issue to heart given the suffering of our Oceanic brothers and sisters in West Papua at the hands of the Government and Military of Indonesia. This is also an issue which mainstream media (regionally/internationally) has largely ignored.

Most of us across the region will know and have experienced processes of colonialism. Indeed there are several of our Pacific countries which remain as territories or realms of Western ‘superpowers’. West Papua has been under Indonesian rule since 1963 – after the withdrawal of the Dutch Colonial Administration. This repressive regime has not only killed of our brothers and sisters physically. They have also sought to eliminate and undermine West Papuan traditions, languages, cultures and histories with economic and education policies and practices that create barriers for the participation of West Papuans in all aspects of local/national government, business and the economy.

This campaign is ongoing and requires the energy and attention of us all. As OYW Ambassadors for Oceania we have the ability to raise awareness on this issue, and to petition the Indonesian Government and it’s people to give West Papua their freedom. I am drafting an open letter to the President of Indonesia and his government calling them to give West Papua their freedom. I would like this letter to be a joint effort of all our OYW Ambassadors for Oceania.

How you can help: Part of the problem is, because of the lack of media focus. not many people are aware of the great atrocities taking place right in our back yard. It’s important that as ambassadors we are aware of the key issues. I’ve complied a list of handy links people might like to read:

To help West Papua gain essential support from parliaments and governments all around the world, please do send one of these ready made Template Letters to your local representative (such as an MP/Councillor etc) asking them to support the people of West Papua and their struggle for self-determination).

Oceania Caucus Meeting

I have received little response from ambassadors regarding the proposed caucus meeting in Samoa July 4- 8th, 2016. Our Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC) have offered to host this meeting in their premises in Apia. As a part of the meeting we will engage with the SNYC and the work they do around youth. We will also be engaging with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Pacific Youth Council. This will be an opportunity for OYW Ambassadors from Oceania to gain insight into regional works/ projects focused on youth. Again, please let me know if you are able to attend.

Ambassador skype hangouts:

I would still love to catch up with any of you when you are free to hear about what you are doing, thinking e.t.c

OYW Summit Canada:

Are any of you planning to attend the summit as a Returning Ambassador? Please let me know, I would like to organise a couple of meetings online prior to the summit and face to face talanoa at the summit.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to send them through. Am always looking forward to hear from you all. Malo fa’afetai. Soifua.

Tim Baice
Coordinating Ambassador: Oceania
One Young World
M: + 64 22 0800 859
 
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Alii, Halo Oloketa, Yokwe, Kaselehlie maingko, Ko na mauri Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Malo ‘e lelei, Ia Orana, Aloha, Kia Ora, Yandanji, Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and Warm Oceanic Greetings. Hope everyone has enjoyed the Easter break and was able to catch up on much-needed sleep, rest, family time, or found it productive in terms of catching […]

One Young World Oceania: Updates

Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Halo Oloketa, Malo ‘e lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Taloha Ni, Aloha, Fakalofa lahi atu, Boongonna moogonoo and warm greetings One Young World Oceanic Youth Ambassadors.

I am delighted to send you what I hope is the first of many updates in my position as Coordinating Ambassador for our beautiful region: Oceania.

Some of you will know that after each summit, when Youth delegates graduate to OYW Ambassadors, an election is held to appoint a Coordinating Ambassador to support the work of OYW, but more importantly to profile and support the work of our Ambassadors across our great region.

Just a bit about myself, my name is Tim Baice I am from Samoa currently based in Auckland New Zealand at the University of Auckland in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. I am passionate about social justice and the environment with a particular focus in the Pacific/ Oceania.

Acknowledgement

 

Before we move onto general notices I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge outgoing Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania Mr Luke Fitzmaurice. Luke among many other things is a child’s rights activist working for the  New Zealand Government. He co founded ‘Law for Change’ Wellington which encourages young people to use their legal skills in the public interest.Fa’afetai Lava, Vinaka vaka levu and thank you Luke for all your hard work and commitment and the work you continue to do for young people the world over. Luke will continue to support our regional efforts and remain active in supporting with social media.

One Young World Summit 2016

Applications for the 2016 One Young World Summit in Ottawa Canada 28 September – 1 October are open. Applications for the All Bar None Scholarship are also open. Please promote to youth in your networks. Apply here! Applications for the 2016 All Bar None Scholarships are open and you can apply here!

Regional Google Hangout

I would love for us to meet and get to know one another initially online. I know that can be difficult given the size of our region and also our time zone differences so I’m happy to meet with those who can, and then also have individual google hangout/skype meetings with ambassadors at a time that suits you. I will send through a calendar invitation shortly.

 Oceanic Caucus Meeting

I am proposing to host a (physical) caucus meeting for all Oceanic Ambassadors in Samoa from the 4th-8th July, 2016. This will be the pre-regional Fono in preparation for the summit in Ottawa. This will be a great opportunity for us to (re) connect, and to continue sharing, networking and working together.

If you are interested and free at that time please let me know via doodle poll and I can start putting this idea into action and developing resources to help you secure funding with organisations/ governments within your country.

I will leave it there for now. I will send a few more updates and requests for information via email. I wish you all the best for the remainder of the week and hope you all have a great weekend.

Fa’afetai tele lava. Soifua.

Improving the world, one bottle at a time

Australian Tessa Albrecht is founder and creator of Humanité Skincare, a business inspired by the 2012 One Young World Summit. Tessa has a background in wealth management and impact investing in emerging markets. To date, her corporate career and entrepreneurial ventures have focused on using business to encourage economic development.

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Behind the world’s beauty products stand millions of farmers and producers, reliant on the income they derive from the ingredients in our bottles.

I had just started learning about these individuals before my experience at One Young World.

My interest in skincare meant that I would often research ingredients for my own formulations. I had come to learn that many ingredients – such as shea butter and cocoa butter – came from poor, rural producers and farmers in developing countries. I learnt that while they were the most populous members of commodity supply chains, they barely saw the benefits of global trade. This was, in part, due to the increasing influence that large companies had over commodity production and trade and the way they structured their supply chains.

I learnt that these individuals were often locked into inefficient trading structures, making it hard for them to obtain fair market prices for their work or diversify into other value-creating activities. They also bore a disproportionate share of the adjustment costs of volatile and declining market prices. As a result, they remained poor and disadvantaged, and lacked bargaining power.

I wondered, what if we could build companies in a way that benefited all members of the supply chain, so that everyone involved could enjoy the fruits of trade?

This was the seed germinating in my mind at the time of One Young World. Naturally, I was drawn to the Summit’s Global Business track, and my experience here watered that seed. I was motivated by the incredible people I was surrounded by – young leaders running initiatives that used the power of business and trade to encourage sustainable development.

Three years later, Humanité was born as Australia’s first Fairtrade certified skincare, a culmination of my interest in skincare and economic development. Humanité is premium skincare that combines Australian botanicals with Fairtrade ingredients from developing markets producers, promoting fair prices and improved terms of trade. Our first range is based on Fairtrade shea butter from a cooperative of 5,000 women producers in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

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One Young World was a catalyst to getting Humanité off the ground. The Summit gave me a unique opportunity to meet my tribe, a community of like-minded peers who cared about the same things that I did.

One Young World also showed me that what you dream of is possible and worthwhile. I remember Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner, conveying to the audience that he was only able to start a bank for the poor because he had never worked in a bank, and therefore could see beyond its limitations. This reenergised me when it came to my venture. Later, I was fortunate enough to speak alongside One Young World co-founder David Jones at the Sydney launch of his book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business is Better Business, with guest Bob Geldof. I remember Bob telling a few of us young and hungry panelists that the road ahead might get tough at times, but that it was worth it; a nice reminder to keep on hand.

What One Young World does is teach you to dream big and to carry the conviction that your dreams are there to be realised. When you go back home, you have a network you can tap into, to be reminded that what you felt at the Summit is real, attainable and worth holding onto.

Humanité launched recently with strong local support, reinforcing my belief that Australia can have a positive voice for change in the world. My One Young World experience remains firmly planted in my mind as I walk this new journey, committed to improving the world one bottle at a time.

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