Christ Church, Barbados
April 25, 2008 (SKNIS)
Environmental concerns and food security are two new issues which the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassadors (CYAs) have identified as growing risks to the Regional youth population, and plan to play a more active role in these areas.
The new focus areas were selected during the April 21 to 23 meeting in Barbados. In support of the interest expressed in climate change, a briefing was delivered on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme which tackles a number of environmental challenges. Food security strategies will be reviewed later. CYAs will also continue their efforts in HIV/AIDS and CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)-related fields.
The Dean of the CYA programme described the meeting as “successful.”
“I am pleased with the high level of participation we had as well as the caliber of knowledge and dedicated individuals who have been appointed as representatives of the youth in the Region,” Donna Greene of Barbados said. “Everyone made worthwhile contributions and they need to be commended and congratulated.”