Broderick and Youth Leaders Talk Vital Issues

An aspiring diplomat Broderick Mervyn, who recently represented Fiji at the 6th Asia – Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW). The Fiji Sun Aspire got the chance to ask Mr
04 Sep 2017 18:44
Broderick and Youth Leaders Talk Vital Issues
Broderick Mervyn, representative of Fiji at this year’s 6th Asia - Pacific Youth Parliament for Water.

An aspiring diplomat Broderick Mervyn, who recently represented Fiji at the 6th Asia – Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW). The Fiji Sun Aspire got the chance to ask Mr Mervyn about his participation at this event.

Give a brief summary about yourself

Broderick Mervyn, currently at third year student at the University of the South Pacif­ic, Laucala Campus completing my Bachelor of Laws and Diploma in Leadership, Govern­ance and Human Rights.

I’m a volunteer for Scripture Union Fiji and Project Survival Pacific, a member of the Pa­cific Youth Against Corruption.

Give a brief summary of the event

At the sixth Asia-Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW), the theme for this Con­ference is “Raise Your Voice Towards Global Water Issues” and it will be held in Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technol­ogy (UNIST), in the Republic of South Korea having a total number of 60 Asia-Pacific par­ticipants at this event.

The event commences on the 14th and end­ed on the 17th of August.

What was the feeling like being selected to be part of this event?

I was indeed humbled and honoured to be selected. It was a great opportunity for me as an emerging leader to interact with youth leaders from all walks of life.

I thank God Almighty for his constant fa­vour on my life.

I want to thank the Ministry of Environ­ment from the Republic of South Korea and the Korea Water Forum for selecting me.

What are the areas of focus and main objective of the meet?

The 6th APYPW had commissions which all had different themes respectively for parlia­mentarians to discuss.

I focused on water affecting youths and the parliamentarians were grouped into dif­ferent delegations of countries and each of them consisted of 15 to 20 people.

Parliamentarians discussed current issues on water representing their country.

The themes of commission sessions will be decided by the steering committee after gathering the ideas of all participants. The issues are focused on water and accessibility of water.

Were you the only one representing Fiji and what is the main aim of being part of the meet?

Yes, I will be the only one representing Fiji.

I think the main aim of being part of this event was that I want to minimise the water cuts that are occurring in our country and what measures can be done to prevent it.

I have already prepared the country report as well as a powerpoint presentation on Fiji and the water issues that we face.

What advice would you give to youths to encourage them to be active members of society?

Just want to encourage our youths to make a change and not let others make that change for you.

I also want to advise the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Education and tertiary institutions to implement work­shops, conferences and seminars for youths.

Many of them are not aware of these fully- funded programmes.

And when selecting people to represent the country, I advise them to avoid biased and select individuals that have vast experience and not those that are just going for the first time.

Your area is law. So where do you see yourself three to four years from now?

I want to be part of the Fiji Access to Jus­tice Project team under UNDP and strength­en their work in ensuring that all Fijians have access to justice particularly those in the rural areas in our country and later on, work my way to becoming the Fijian Ambas­sador to the United Nations.

Who is your greatest inspiration and supporters?

Greatest inspirations are:

1) Jesus Christ

2) Senior Pastor Jacob Masiyaka and Jemi­mah Masiyaka

The greatest supporters in my life are:

1) My family especially my mother, Harri­eta Fonmanu who has been there constantly since day one of my life

2) My friends in Scripture Union Fiji West­ern and Central Division

3) The volunteers for Youths for Integrity and Radio Pasifik (89.4FM) at USP Laucala Campus

4) Anaseini Naulivou

5) Apenisa Ralulu

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