Pacific youth to discuss ways to address corruption at regional forum

Over 40 representatives from 15 Pacific Island countries will gather in Nadi, Fiji from 22-24 February 2015 for the Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption, a unique event that will bring together young Pacific leaders between the ages of 18 to 25 to examine possible ways to address corruption. The forum will provide youth the opportunity to raise awareness on corruption and its negative impacts in their respective countries; express their views about practical ways to fight corruption; form an intra-regional network for active participation and engagement; and provide participants with the tools and incentives to become strong supporters and advocates of anti-corruption initiatives.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the Pacific Youth Council are supporting the voices of young and marginalized people around the region who are speaking out against corruption and its corrosive effects on society. This approach is in line with UNDP’s Youth Strategy 2014-2017, which is to support capacity development of young people and youth organizations, by equipping them to engage in local and national development processes.

The youth forum is an activity of the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption project, a four-year joint initiative of UNDP and UNODC, with funding from the Australian Government.

What:     Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption

When:    22-24 February, 2015
Where: Novotel Hotel, Conference Room, Nadi
Who:       Opening: Sunday 22 February from 7.30pm – 9pm
– Welcome Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji, Ms Osnat Lubrani
– Keynote Address, Kathy Kijiner (via video message)

Monday 23 February: Session 1: 8.30am – 9.15am (on request)
– Good governance, political leadership and corruption, MP Ralph Regenvanu of Vanuatu.

Closing: Tuesday 24 February at 4pm
– UNDP Pacific Centre Manager, Mr Peter Batchelor.

About the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption project
The joint UNDP-UNODC project aims to help Pacific Island Countries fight corruption by supporting: i) ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); ii) UNCAC implementation through the strengthening of policies, laws, measures and institutional frameworks; and iii) engagement in the UNCAC processes, including the Implementation Review Mechanism. The Project draws on the strong global partnership and comparative advantages of both organizations in the fight against corruption.

Pacific Island States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption

Pacific Island States Parties to UNCAC
Country Date of ratification/ accession
Papua New Guinea 16 July 2007
Fiji 14 May 2008
Palau 24 March 2009
Vanuatu 12 July 2011
Cook Islands 17 October 2011
Marshall Islands 17 November 2011
Solomon Islands 06 January 2012
Micronesia 21 March 2012
Nauru 12 July 2012
Kiribati 27 September 2013