12 OCTOBER 2017, HONIARA – Solomon Islands first ever ‘Youth Peacebuilding Innovation Forum’ will be held from October 16-18, 2017 at the National Auditorium, Museum grounds in Honiara. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will open the forum on Monday. This 3-day event has been initiated by young people, supported by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) project, implemented by UNDP and UN Women.

The forum is open and welcomes all youths to attend interactive sessions with inspirational speakers from various backgrounds. Among the speakers confirmed are Mr. Johannes Schunter, Innovation & Knowledge Specialist of UNDP; Mr. Chris Blues, International Director of Akina Foundation; Mr. Dennis Meone, CEO of SICCI; Sergeant Solomon Sisimia of RSIPF; Reverend George Takeli, Archbishop of ACOM; and some well-known youth entrepreneurs and leaders from Solomon Islands. In addition, there will be an exhibition showcasing ideas shared by youth and key stakeholders. 

The forum aims to promote the role of youth as leaders, agents of change, problem solvers, peacebuilders and economic actors and entrepreneurs in accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also encourages young people to create innovative solutions to the challenges they face, which will contribute towards ensuring peace and stability in the Solomon Islands. It acknowledges the importance of engaging youth as partners and leaders in peacebuilding and development.

One of the main highlights of the event will be the opportunity for pre-registered youths who have gone through the 4-week Peacebuilding Pre-Accelerator training workshops to pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. These young people come from communities with high criminal activity rate, while some are from marginalized communities. They are eager to make a change in their lives and their communities along with achieving the SDGs.

Participants will be able to meet, connect, establish networks with other like-minded aspiring young innovators. This is a rare opportunity for them to get inspired from peers and social entrepreneurs.

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For more information on the event visit UNDP Solomon Islands Facebook page @UNDPSOLOMON or email Ms. Regina Lepping at regina.lepping@undp.org

For media queries contact: Ms. Sandra Barrows | Communications & Media Specialist | Email: sandra.barrows@undp.org | Ph: +677 27446 Ext. 5527

UN Peace Building Fund Project supports peaceful and inclusive transition in Solomon Islands. It presents opportunities for the United Nations to engage with Solomon Islands’ stakeholders and, together, make a positive contribution to the national peacebuilding efforts.