YTS representatives were invited to meet Kumi Naidoo, the International Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace in a dinner organised by PIANGO, the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations.
In his remarks, Mr. Naidoo said “Yumi Toktok Stret with its strong influence in social media must remind its members to advocate more for Climate Change issues inside Vanuatu and around the region.”
Mr. Naidoo also added that “the people of Vanuatu must ensure they participate in the Climate Change advocacy as it is a livelihood issue”
Mr. Naidoo who is in Vanuatu for a few days will host a press conference on Tuesday the 18th of August 2015.
Mr. Naidoo in his remarks says “he is very impressed with YTS, who are able to provide an open platform that can have people share their views and for climate change this would be an ideal platform to educate people and create awareness on Climate Change issues”
YTS representative Julian Ligo, has assured Mr. Naidoo that among a lot of other social issue’s being addressed and discussed by members,, Climate Change will be a major issue that the YTS forum will look to raising awareness on and also look to raise support for other pacific states that are really affected by Climate Change.
Mr. Ligo thanked Mr. Naidoo on behalf of YTS members for all his efforts and leadership with Greenpeace and has assured the Greenpeace CEO that Yumi Toktok Stret will play its part in advocating for Climate Change in Vanuatu.
Mr. Naidoo is the first African to head the organisation. After battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation, Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights.
He has served as the secretary-general of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. He was Secretary General of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation, from 1998 to 2008.
Recently, he has led the Global Call for Climate Action (Tcktcktck.org), which brings together environmental, aid, religious and human rights groups, labour unions, scientists and others and has organised mass demonstrations around climate negotiations.
Mr. Naidoo will also be added to the YTS Forum as a member.