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(7-12 January 2005 Mauritius)

TOGETHER in Mauritius

Following many months of preliminary activities in individual islands, including an island art competition, and with the support of national, regional and inter-regional partners, 94 youth from 37 small island states and territories arrived in Mauritius ready to share their visions for change and to give their islands a voice.

The young people came from the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea) regions.

During the meeting they focused their attention on three main themes :

  • Life and love in islands;
  • My island home;
  • Money in my pocket.

MAKING a statement

An intense week of discussions and activities culminated in the drafting of the Youth Visioning Declaration. This articulated the priorities for young islanders concerning the development of their islands and their own key role in this process.

On 12 January 2005, youth representatives presented this declaration at the main UN meeting.

On the same day they had the opportunity to present their commitments for follow-up action to United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.

Key segments of the programme were recorded by Mauritius College of the Air and a 30-minute documentary of the event is planned.

Youth Visioning Meeting:
- Programme & Outcome
- Media Coverage
- Participants
- Photos

More information:

Youth Visioning Art Contest
Youth Visioning Declaration & Commitments
Declaration « Jeunes regards sur la vie dans les îles »

UNESCO's contribution to the Mauritius Meeting

United Nations Mauritius Meeting website







This page last updated: 19 January 2006