Future Leaders of the Pacific Converge in Samoa

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APIA, SAMOA (Aug. 29, 2014) -- Youth leaders from 18 Pacific nations have converged in Samoa this week for the second ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference, organized by the U.S. embassies in New Zealand and Samoa in partnership with the East-West Center and held in connection with next week’s International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

Photo: US Embassy New ZealandThe youth delegates are meeting with more a dozen of the region’s top dignitaries to discuss regional issues such as non-communicable diseases, gender equality, climate change and sustainable development in the Pacific.

You can follow the conference online here, and on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FPL14.

“The participants at this conference will one day be leaders of the Pacific,” said U.S. Embassy Apia Chargé d’Affaires Peter Ganser. “By encouraging open dialogue and discussion now, we better equip these dynamic young leaders to deal with future issues in the region,”

The conference was an outcome of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the region for the 2012 Pacific Islands Forum. Each youth delegate for the conference was selected based on his or her leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.

The conference itinerary includes themed breakout sessions, keynote speakers and plenary discussions with the aim of creating value-based partnerships to help youth leverage their country’s resources and address key issues.

The delegates also participated in the UN Pre-conference Youth Forum in Apia on August 28.

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