Network to empower youth

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.) hosted the first ever Youth Co:Lab Samoa Workshop in the Pacific region.  

Youth Co:Lab is a U.N.D.P. initiative developed to be their multi-dimensional and multi-level response that addresses the challenges young people, including the most marginalized, face today in the Asia and Pacific region. 

The Youth Co:Lab Samoa Workshop is an opportunity to establish a network of empowered youth to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.  

On Thursday, 20 young Samoans with a passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship gathered to generate and discuss ideas as well as solutions to national, regional, and/or global challenges. 

The finale of the workshop will have the participants pitching their ideas to a panel of judges and then the top three ideas will then be presented to the larger I.C.T. Conference. 

To ensure sustainability for the programme, U.N.D.P. will partner with the Chamber of Commerce after this year’s workshop to provide on-going support and mentorship to Youth Co:Lab Participants.

Youth Co:Lab ended yesterday.

It was a pilot event that ran parallel to the Pacific Regional Conference on I.C.T., the Digital Pacific Conference 2018 - ‘Together for a Digital Pacific’.

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