A Samoan youth employed as the Youth Officer for the Samoa Victim Support Group, is amongst 16 children and youth from 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, selected for the Statement Core Group on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS).
Ms. Amalea Vaai is SVSG’s Youth Officer who joined children and youth representatives from Afgahanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand as members of the Statement Core Group. The Group is responsible for finalizing the development of the joint video statement from the children and youth of the Asia-Pacific region, to the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific to be held on 16 – 19 November 2021.
The process started early February this year, where Ms. Vaai was amongst the 50 children and youth from Samoa who took part in the in-country consultation. Similarly, 50 children each from the other 10 countries held their own in-country consultations, where they shared their views on their life experiences on, and recommendations for the improvement of the civil registration and vital statistics in their respective countries.
These views were analyzed during a Regional Forum held in May, in which Ms. Vaai also represented Samoa. As a member of the Statement Core Group, Ms. Vaai has been attending weekly virtual meetings to translate the results from the in-country consultations, into a joint video statement for presentation to the upcoming 2nd Ministerial Conference.
SVSG’s involvement as the in-country partner is due to SVSG’s partnership with UNICEF Pacific on work with children. With the general consensus from the children and youth of the Asia-Pacific region that birth, marriage and death certificates form part of our human rights, the Statement Core Group has a hard task ahead on them, to ensure that the voices of the children and youth from the Asia-Pacific region is well represented by the joint video statement prepared for the Ministerial Conference im November..
“SVSG acknowledges the partnership with UNICEF Pacific, which had opened up the opportunity for children and youth from Samoa to represent the Pacific to such an important dialogue. Thank you also to the partners from the Child Rights Coalition (CRC) Asia, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and World Vision International, for such an important collaboration during this whole process.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President