Amidst the uncertainty of the future, there is a growing recognition of the critical need for strong voices from the region. Voices that will share with the rest of the world the needs, the complexities, and the right solutions for the more than 8 million people living in the Pacific.
Voices that will take the messages from the people of the vast Pacific islands region to a global platform.
The forum provided an opportunity to strengthen the Pacific Youth Environmental Network (PYEN), established by UNEP to act as a vehicle to unite the growing numbers of young Pacific Islanders who are concerned about protecting the Pacific environment.
The challenge now for young people is to embody the change they wish to see in this region: to have the courage to embrace the principles, spirit and integrity to continue to strive for the change that needs to happen in the Pacific; to become the Pacific’s future environment leaders; and to ensure that the beauty, uniqueness and diversity of the Pacific islands are protected for future generations.
• Asterio Takesy is director of SPREP based in Apia, Samoa.
Daily Times, Pakistan : LETTERS: Solar power success
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Solar power success
Sir: A United Nations-sponsored environment programme has provided an estimated 100,000 people in poverty-stricken rural India with several hours of reliable solar-powered light every night. According to a UN report the programme is set to expand to a number of other developing countries. The executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that the project underlines the multiple benefits of providing clean and renewable energies in developing countries. Even a few hours of 20 to 40-watt solar-powered light in homes and small shops nightly has been credited with better grades for schoolchildren, better productivity for needlework artisan groups and other cottage industries, and even better sales at fruit stands, where produce is no longer spoiled by fumes from kerosene lamps.
Developing countries all over the world should use renewable energy provided by solar power. Rural areas in Pakistan could derive an immense benefit by replacing harmful and environmentally unfriendly power sources currently in use with solar power.
ENGINEER SAMRA RAFIQUE
Regularise contract workers
Sir: This is in reference to the news report ‘Regularize Contract Workers: KESC Labour Union’ (Daily Times, May 02). In my view, the resolution demanding regularisation of contractual