250 Leaders from 21 countries attended Caribbean Summit to address Youth-driven Violence Prevention
THE Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention concluded on Wednesday after two days of addressing prevention efforts for staggering youth crime and violence rates in the Caribbean, which are higher than in Latin America and Africa.
The Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, which brought together approximately 250 participants from 21 countries in Georgetown, Guyana, was hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Community, Family, and Youth Resilience Program (CFYR), the CARICOM Secretariat, UNICEF, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission and the Caribbean Learning for Youth Networking and Change Sessions (LYNCS) Network.
Throughout the summit, youth leaders met with representatives of development organizations, civil society and government, including CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and several CARICOM and OECS Ministers.
Key sessions, included presentations and discussions on: Promoting Healthy Masculinity, Youth-Driven Responses to Criminal Gangs, Deleting Bullying: Addressing Bullying in Policy and Practice, The Arts as a Remedy for Youth Violence and Positive Vibrations – Improving Mental Health
An official press release following the summit said, “The summit discussions will inform the youth-driven Advocacy and Action Agenda (AAA), building on the 2013 CARICOM Social Development and Crime Prevention Action Plan.”
It added that “The draft agenda makes a strong case for promoting the scaling-up of innovative programs that aim to prevent and reduce crime and foster social inclusion and promote reintegration.”
The release concluded, “The document received verbal endorsement from ShamfaCudjoe, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Youth and Sports, on behalf of the government ministers present during the discussions.”