attends Small Island Voice Project Inter-regional meeting
delegation led by Mr.Alain De Comarmond, the project's
coordinator, comprised Mr. Matthew Servina representing
the NGO sector and Ms. Sabrina Marie as the youth representative.
The four-day meeting took place in Palau, Micronesia from
the 18th -22nd November 2002.
Islands Voice, supported by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is an inter-regional
initiative bringing together islanders from the Pacific,
Indian Ocean and Caribbean regions to find
out their concerns regarding environment and development
issues. Several activities had been organised throughout
2002 in Seychelles, including the Global and Young Islanders
internet-based forums, workshop/meetings with Youth workers
and district administrators as well as the community survey
on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
main objectives of the meeting in Palau was to bring together
representatives from government, non-governmental organizations
and youth in these islands to: promote direct interaction
and linkages between island countries in the three regions
(Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean); discuss and further
advance specific activities for Small Islands Voice, nationally,
regionally and inter-regionally; start discussions on
specific issues emerging from Small Islands Voice, which
can be presented to the 2004 review of the Programme of
Action for Small Island Developing States.
workshop brought together for the first time representatives
from the islands directly involved in Small Islands Voice,
providing them the opportunity to learn about lifestyles
and people in the different regions, and to exchange information
both formally and informally. The different countries
got to exchange experiences in terms of activities that
had been organised in 2002 as well make proposals for
future activities in 2003. Seychelles made several proposals
how to engage the local media, youths and the NGO sector.
To know more about the project, check the project's website
or contact Mr.Rolph Payet and Mr. Alain De Comarmond at
the Ministry of Environment.
Seychelles Nation, 20th December 2002