Youth representatives from Weathercoast and North Malaita present at the training (Photo: UNDP/Andrew Buoro)

Honiara, Solomon Islands
 - The first UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) project supported training in peacebuilding and economic livelihood was launched on Monday with 20 youths from communities in North Malaita and Weathercoast of Solomon Islands. Through a partnership agreement signed between UNPBF and the Coconut Technology Centre (CTC) up to 200 youth with benefit from such training over the next 6 months. 

The training will be led by CTC and will introduce young people in these selected communities to peacebuilding concepts and techniques to be peace advocates in their communities. The training curriculum will also incorporate DME operation training, basic business and financial literacy, life skills, community engagement as well as assisting youths to enable them to identify and capitalize on existing economic and social opportunities in their respective communities and villages. 

At the opening of the training, Agus Wandi, Project Manager UNPBF reiterated the importance of investing in youth in the Solomon Islands. He emphasized that sustainable peace requires active and strong participation of young people as peace advocates because they can be a crucial asset to peacebuilding in this country. This is why training and investing in youth continues to be an important focus of the UN Peacebuilding supported project in Solomon Islands. 

UNPBF project is aiming to support peaceful & inclusive transition in Solomon Islands, jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women in close collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation & Peace, and Ministry of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs. UNPBF is committed to supporting youth in Solomon Islands through their enhanced engagement in the peacebuilding process during the critical transitional period for the country.

Contact information

Sandra Barrows, Communications & Media Specialist, UNDP Solomon Islands, email:, tel: +677 27446 ext. 5527

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