Youth key participants in international conference on world’s oceans
PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia) said the youth will play a big role in the upcoming East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 given their potential and capacity to become agents of change.
“They are the future generation, they are our future leaders. They have to be part of the solution,” said Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director of PEMSEA.
“They have to feel ownership. They have to be consulted and be engaged in the setting of the policy and the implementation of policy and programs that involve them,” she added.
According to her, PEMSEA aims to provide an opportunity for the youth to be exposed, to learn, and to be advocates of the environment, especially of our shared oceans.
East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 will be held from November 27 to 29 at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City, Philippines.
The conference will coincide with the holding of the 5th EAS Youth Forum, which aims to enhance the youth’s understanding of the environment’s current situation and highlight the role they can play in sustainable development and the global ocean agenda.
The forum will gather some 52 youth delegates from 8 countries in the East Asian region.
They will be given the opportunity to learn from and interact with a roster of high-profile speakers and leaders in ocean and coastal management.