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[1] Background

The Pacific Youth Summit: The Values of Integrity for the Achievement of Sustainable Development: Resilient Youth Leaders: Drivers of Sustainable Development is being hosted by the University of the South Pacific Students’ Association (USPSA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project funded by the New Zealand Government.

The Summit is organized against the backdrop of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation including sustainability of marine and land-based life, and peace and justice.

Within the inter-connected 17 SDGs, SDG 16 is dedicated to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all and supporting the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. SDG 16 has been referred to as the “enabling” and transformative Goal for achieving the other SDGs.

Attaining SDG 16 would help drive long-term democratic governance, strengthen resilience against corruption risks, and promote integrity values and tools.

 

[2] Objectives

The Pacific Youth Summit aims to bring together students and youth leaders from around the Pacific region to discuss the importance of integrity and stronger youth action on anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability towards progress on the sustainable development agenda in the Pacific.

At the heart of the Pacific Youth Summit is the opportunity for intergenerational and regional conversations that will emphasize the importance of promoting integrity among youth, with specific focus on business integrity in the context of COVID-19 and the overall Pacific efforts at achieving progress against 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Through an interactive style, the Pacific Youth Summit will specifically establish the values of integrity for the young people who might already be part of the business sector and/or are aspiring to become young entrepreneurs and leaders.

The methodology for promoting business integrity among youth will be based on the UNDP developed toolkit ‘Business Integrity for Young Entrepreneurs’  https://www.undp.org/publications/business-integrity-toolkit-young-entrepreneurs. The purpose of the Toolkit is to encourage young people to start and operate their own businesses with integrity from the outset. Our hope is that if young people starting new businesses do so correctly – by complementing their new ideas and commercial instincts with clear values, a strong code of ethics, and an embedded purpose to benefit society.

The initiative was already implemented with pilot target groups in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Palau.  The partnership between UNDP and USPSA aims to further scale up this initiative and spread the knowledge across the Pacific.

[3] Expected outcomes
  • Improved knowledge of the importance of integrity and stronger youth action on anti-corruption, transparency and accountability to achieve progress on the sustainable development agenda in the Pacific.
  • Improved knowledge about the indivisibility and the linkages between the SDGs, including between the SDG 16 on good governance and the SDGs related to youth employment, decent jobs for youth, whereby young women and men have access to decent, productive work, everyone benefits, and our future is more prosperous. Priorities cannot see the light unless there is an effective and accountable governance environment in place.
  • Improved knowledge that the business sector can only be sustainable and unleash many more opportunities for growth only if it is firmly grounded on the values of integrity.
  • A vibrant dialogue about the important role of youth in bringing to the policy forefront major issues in their communities and countries and understanding that youth engagement often serves as the key link between development and governance.
  • Creation of a new coalition of emerging young leaders able to creatively respond to the unique Pacific challenges contribute to achievement of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs with integrity, resilience and innovative thinking.

 

[4] Invited participants

The Summit aims to bring together around 5,000 youth leaders, students and professionals from across the Pacific region.

 

[5] Format

Due to the uncertainty on international travels and border closures, the Summit will be virtual for those outside Fiji, while selected participants will attend the summit in person at USP Laucala Campus. Registered participants will join through the University of the South Pacific Campuses or through their own devices.

[6] Agenda, Speakers and Program

We are bringing in a diverse range of speakers and facilitators from the Pacific region and beyond. See below a full program of the Summit:

Tentative:

9 am – 9 .10 am Virtual welcome message by the Vice-Chancellor & President Prof. Pal Ahluwalia of the University of the South Pacific
9.10 am – 9.20 am Welcome remarks by the USP Student President Mr. Mani Mate
9.20 am – 9. 30 am Keynote address by the Secretary General Mr. Henry Puna of the Pacific Islands Forum (TBC)
9.30 am – 9.40 am Message from the UNDP Resident Representative in the Pacific, Mr. Levan Bouadze
9.40 am – 9.50 am The importance of the values of integrity for achievement of sustainable development: the business sector as case in point, Dr. Sonja Stefanovska-Trajanoska, UNDP Anti-Corruption Adviser
9.50 am – 10.15 am Tea Break & Exhibit Display
10.15 am – 11.30 am Workshops at Campuses led by Students from School of Business and Management & Youth leaders- workshops for the attendees at USP Campuses in Solomon Islands, Tonga, Lautoka, Labasa, Laucala and Vanuatu aligned to the expected outcomes of this Summit
11.30 am – 12. 30 pm Discussions on the outcome of workshops  in the previous session (challenges and opportunities)
   12.30 pm –  1.45 pm Panel Discussion – Integrity in Business, anti-corruption and COVID-19
    1.45 pm – 2. 45 pm Lunch Break
      2.45 pm –  3.10 pm Presentation by Liviana Zorzi, Project Specialist on Transparency & Accountability
 UNDP Bangkok
 3.10 pm – 4.10 pm Ray of shine into experiences – young entrepreneurs & leaders sharing their experiences on good governance, accountability and integrity in business (Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nauru and Samoa)

4.10  pm – 4.20 pm

 

Closing remarks from UNDP representative
4.20 pm Tea and networking

Note: Outcomes from the above workshop during the Summit and outcomes of the Summit will be taken forward early next year through a strategic planning to ensure that the outcomes are implemented. We will keep everyone posted via our social media pages and website.

 

Have questions or queries regarding the Summit? Email us on uspsa@usp.ac.fj