The NZ National Commission for UNESCO are thrilled to be part of “PowerShift Pacific: Looking Beyond Disaster Youth Forum”. Over a hundred young Pacific and tangata whenua representatives will come together in Auckland from the 4th-6th December, to enhance their leadership skills and build their capacity in the areas of disaster risk reduction, management and response, and decrease vulnerabilities of island communities. Time will also be spent preparing for a local action campaign that will be implemented across the Pacific Islands.
The Youth Forum will be immediately followed on the 7th-9th December by Power Shift NZ-Pacific. 1000 young professionals and emerging leaders from across the Pacific region will converge in Auckland for the first ever Power Shift NZ-Pacific forum on climate change. Over a three day period, youth will engage with climate solutions, hear from inspirational speakers, take part in workshops and learn new skills. Read more about PowerShift on their website: http://powershift.org.nz/
PowerShift Pacific: Looking Beyond Disaster Youth Forum is the result of an action plan developed by Pacific participants at the first UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Looking Beyond Disasters Forum held in Christchurch in 2011. The vision was to host a forum that would provide an avenue for Pacific Island and Maori youth to share their experiences in order to build community resilience to disasters and climate change through youth leadership and action.
The format of the first Christchurch forum was so successful that a second Looking Beyond Disaster Youth Forum was held in Sendai, Japan (check out the participants' blog here), earlier this year where participants shared more stories of natural disasters and also reported on the progress they had each made on their initial action plans in their own communities.
PowerShift Pacific: Looking Beyond Disaster Youth Forum is the third time that youth will come together using this format, to share their experiences of natural and man-made disasters and develop action plans that meet the needs and aspirations of young Pasifika and Maori youth.
The tag-line of the forum, sums up the spirit and intention of organisers and participants: "One Ocean, One People, One Voice".