Name: Anthea Laurence Age: 18 As a young islander you seem close to the small island developing state cause, tell us about your letter, and your role in the consultation. As an islander living in a SIDS, I stay well ahead with developments. In 2012, my English teacher came with this paper and asks us to participate in this essay competition held by The Living Rainforest in UK entitled Dear Mr UN Secretary General. I wrote my letter on Climate Change which was a major for...


Name: Ameer Ebrahim Age: 25 Occupation: Marine scientist undertaking a PhD in Marine Ecology What motivated you to choose this field of study? Having been raised in the Seychelles, where I spent most of my childhood snorkeling and fishing around the islands, pursuing a career in the protection of our precious marine life was an obvious choice. Over the years I noticed the changes in the coral reefs that were once bountiful and healthy. This concerned me g...


Making a Difference in Seychelles

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“ Imagine the solutions that might be found if young people are given the space and encouragement to participate and lead.” Kofi Annan Today is Commonwealth Day which is celebrated every year on the second Monday of the month of March. The Commonwealth are former colonies of Great Britain, which continue to speak English and share common values such as sustainable development and democracy. All 53 countries, although different, continue to share ideas and experience and ski...


VOY Blogging Internship - Definitely worth it

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I wondered what I would make my last post about, I thought whether it should be about the achievements of 2014 and looking forward to 2015 or a profile of myself or one last piece about the qualified right of freedom of speech versus tolerance. I think a piece on the internship is definitely what I will go for. I was on holiday in Belgium when I received the news that I had been successful in my application to be a Voices of Youth blogging intern. I have always had a love for wri...


Do they know it's christmas time at all?

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It's exactly one month before Christmas and I'm looking forward for a break from my hectic life but I cannot help but think of all the children and young people in the world who won't even know it is Christmas. I think of the people who will be spending their Christmas without their relatives because MH 370 is missing, Ebola has stolen their lives and war and conflict has destroyed most things in sight. It feels like 2014 has been a year with many disasters and the year is comi...


On the occasion of the International day of tolerance -16th November 2014- I pondered on the importance of tolerance. Tolerance is of great value and one I feel young people should promote. Having been brought up in a household where my mother, father and grand mother all shared different religious beliefs but still despite an occasional debates we lived together in harmony. Furthermore I grew up in a country where differences in political opinions has divided the country. Differen...


Leaving our lives in the hands of Heads of State

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I am writing this post after a whole day of observing negotiations at the ministerial meeting of Small Islands States in preparation for climate change summit in Lima. I was placed at a table towards the back on the room with a clear label: OBSERVER. A few government officials of the Seychelles came to visit to tease that now they were being observed they could feel more pressure. I am sure they were only teasing but I answered to confirm of course I am observing all to hold you ac...


Displaced by climate- what is your legal status?

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It has already started. The effects of climate change have meant that people are being forced to migrate. A case of a family from Tuvalu applied for asylum in New Zealand and although it was granted it was on humanitarian ground on the basis that there had close ties in NZ. In fact the bulk of the case was on the premise that they were being affected by climate change. This decision has drawn attention to the Refugee convention in place. The Refugee Convention currently in place do...


I had a read through the Convention on the Rights of the Child before writing this post and thought it was missing something. With rights comes responsibilities and that should be acknowledged in the Convention. It is correct that children should be have a right to a family, education, health care, free from torture and degrading treatment and protection from mental, physical and sexual abuse but what if children begin to rely on the word 'right' to escape their responsibility?...


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