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Our Young Voters Positive

AQELA SUSU Suva The participation of youths in this year’s election is a very positive development in the country. United Nations Population Fund director and representative Dr Laurent Zessler made
11 Jul 2014 08:03

AQELA SUSU
Suva

Dr Laurent Zessler

The participation of youths in this year’s election is a very positive development in the country.
United Nations Population Fund director and representative Dr Laurent Zessler made this statement in relation to this year’s World Population Day theme ‘Investing in Young People’.
Dr Zessler said the participation of young people in this year’s election was also a way of investing in young people and being part of the country’s decision making process.
“As an observer you can say that the fact that young people will vote in the upcoming elections is a very positive development and we see also that young people in Fiji throughout their communities do more and more consultative work so Fiji is not an exception, Fiji should follow the same pattern which is, young people should be very much consulted, involved and be part of the decision-making process.”
He said youths should be included in the decision-making process of a country and it was now time to invest in young people because it was important.
“You have to make sure that young people are part of the decision-making processes but also we should be investing in young people’s health and of course young people’s education,” Dr Zessler said.
“Young people are extremely important therefore they should be part of any decision-making process and that is what we want to see around the world and across the Pacific.”
Dr Zessler said it was not over for adults to decide for young people, rather young people were to be represented in all the stages of the process.
Meanwhile, in a bid to also get youths on the post 2015 global agenda, the UNFPA is also running a ‘selfie’ campaign this would enable youths to take a picture of themselves and send in their pictures to show their support for the initiative instead of signing a petition as was used previously.
World Population Day will be celebrated worldwide today.
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