One Young World Oceania Updates 3
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.
OYW Ambassador for Oceania
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.
Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti:
OYW Ambassador for Oceania
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
Coordinating Ambassador for Oceania
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.