Hello Sustainable Development - Youth Ambassadors

Date Published: 
Thursday, August 18, 2016

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Corp emphasizes the importance of collaborative efforts needed to eliminate poverty and the significance of sustainable development in this feat”

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Corp is dedicated to addressing the myriad social issues ailing our Caribbean youth today. Our primary vision seeks to galvanize and sustain a movement which promotes advocacy, and educates young persons about regional priorities: Education and Economic Empowerment; Health and Wellbeing; Protection, Safety and Security; Culture, Identity and Citizenship; Policy and Institutional Framework and Leadership, Participation and Governance. The current economic climate, as it is however, poses a significant challenge to fighting the social ills of poverty and its oppressive sequelae in other areas of development in the region.

Terisa Thompson - CARICOM Youth Ambassador

The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA) Corp has therefore been emboldened to assign the theme of this year’s International Youth Day “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. As the primary promoter of CARICOM Youth Development Goals, we hope to support, strengthen and implement the plans of the CARICOM Secretariat in keeping with their vision for sustainable growth and regional development.

Throughout the years, the CYA Corp has demonstrated a willingness to accept the challenge moving forward; instigating and engaging conversations while leading in the address of “action plans” that can be implemented to positively impact the youth of this era and those of the future. In every participating country, the local CYA chapters undertake educational and training programs/ seminars, advocacy movements and other sustainable development projects. More recently, some CARICOM Member states have been working with the Government Youth Offices to reconstruct and/or refurbish their National Youth Policy. The policies adopted will include strategies aimed to eradicate poverty, ensuring that society and the youth in general are provided with basic fundamental resources such as employment, education and health that will protect them from risks, both economically and socially.

To echo the sentiments of Nelson Mandela who said in February 2005 at the Campaign to end poverty in London's Trafalgar Square, "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up. Do not look the other way; do not hesitate to recognize that the world is hungry, not for words but for action, act with courage, act with vision”. We need to harmonize our efforts to consistently and effectively empower and educate our young people.

It is to that purpose that we are petitioning to you, the people, for your support, energizing a platform from which the CARICOM secretariat, your local government and CYA chapters can coordinate and actuate those opportunities propagating development and eradicating the sting of poverty. As an indispensable majority, your ideas, contributions and feedback are critical to the success of all plans and actions geared to eliminate all unacceptable social issues, especially poverty. We, at the CYA Corp are therefore inviting and challenging everyone in the region and the world; the different organizations and heads; the homes and the schools; the youth, to contribute towards ensuring that we bear fruits on the theme on International Youth Day 2016.