Youths are vital to the success in fighting corruption

Feb 23, 2015

Pacific youth at the forum against corruption.

(Nadi, Fiji) – Young people can bring about cultural change in attitudes and behaviours towards corruption, have the vitality and perspective that needs to be heard, and the creativity and innovation that is needed to address this complex agenda.

Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, made these comments during the opening of the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption in Nadi this week.

“The UN works with governments to put in place policies and institutional frameworks for prevention and fight against corruption, but we see civil society, particularly the young population, as the creators for demand for accountability, and as  future leaders who can build strong and progressive partnerships for building more open, efficient and accountable societies,” Ms Lubrani said.    

Welcoming participants and guests to the Forum, which included Member of Parliament, the Honourable Ralph Regenvanu from Vanuatu and Peter Lothian, Second Secretary of the Australian High Commission, Suva, the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports in Fiji, Lt Col. Laisenia Tuitubou, said that the Forum was an opportunity for the participants to broaden their minds and perspective on good governance and integrity, and exchange practical ideas, views and means to fighting corruption.

“We need to strengthen readily available mechanisms to promote accountability by all involved in youth work at all levels of their engagement. As you discuss issues pertaining to curbing, reducing and resisting corruption during these few days ahead – may you also ponder what you could do as representatives of your country and organization when you return regarding the status of your country’s national youth policy,” he said.  

Ms Lubrani emphasized that “We are determined to discover new and innovative ways to increasing oversight, access to information and accountability. We are counting on you and your fresh creative minds to help take us down that path of innovation,”

The Hon. Tuitubou added that there is a need to meet regularly and establish a stronger network that will harness the Pacific’s collective efforts towards youth development.

“I hope that at the end of this Forum there will be a stronger network in the region between each country to establish stronger platforms in promoting integrity and preventing corruption in the Pacific with youths,” Hon Tuitobu said.

Ms Lubrani concluded by saying that the Forum was just a starting point in seeking long-term partnerships with Pacific youth in regard to the UN’s work on the prevention of corruption.

UNDP and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the Pacific Youth Council, are supporting the voices of young and marginalized people around the region who are speaking out against corruption and its corrosive effects on society.

The Youth Forum is an activity of the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project, a four-year joint initiative of UNDP and UNODC, with funding from the Australian Government.

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About the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project

The joint UNDP-UNODC project aims to help Pacific Island countries and territories fight corruption by supporting: i) ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); ii) UNCAC implementation through the strengthening of policies, laws, measures and institutional frameworks; and iii) engagement in the UNCAC processes, including the Implementation Review Mechanism. The Project draws on the strong global partnership and comparative advantages of both organizations in the fight against corruption.

Pacific Island States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption

Country

Date of ratification/ accession

Papua New Guinea

16 July 2007

Fiji

14 May 2008

Palau

24 March 2009

Vanuatu

12 July 2011

Cook Islands

17 October 2011

Marshall Islands

17 November 2011

Solomon Islands

06 January 2012

Micronesia

21 March 2012

Nauru

12 July 2012

Kiribati

27 September 2013

*Status as of 23 February 2015.

Contact information

Sheryl Ho, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 8065-439; email: sheryl.ho@undp.org

 

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