Sunday, February 07, 2010


Port Vila, February 6, 2010

University of the South Pacific student, Miss June Atomea is the winner of the Human Face story competition. Twenty-two year old, Ms Atomea, who is from Northern Malaita in the Solomon Islands submitted her essay titled ‘Silent cry of John, a village boy’.
Organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the essay competition was open to young people in the Pacific, aged 18–25 years, who were asked to write about how they feel the global economic crisis is affecting them or those around them.
June will receive her prize in Port Vila, from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark on the evening of Wednesday, February 10th. Ms Clark will be in Vila to attend the Pacific Conference on The Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis from February 10-12th.

UNICEF Social Policy Officer, Ms Mereia Carling said that, “June's story was chosen because it was clearly time-bound to the impacts of the economic crisis and it highlighted a number of impacts and the compounding nature of these. She describes the 'human face' of the crisis and the struggles made to survive. Her point is made clear - those who are currently on the brink of survival are the ones who will not survive the crisis.”
The essay competition links to the Conference on The Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis where heads of international and regional agencies, heads of Pacific Island states, non-governmental organisations, academics and young people will discuss the impacts of the crisis in their countries, learn from experiences shared and prepare for any future crises.
A pre-conference for Pacific children and youth coordinated by UNICEF, will be held in Port Vila from February 8–9, to prepare delegates for their participation in the main Conference. Young people will have the opportunity to raise their concerns and issues related to the impact of the crisis.

Background Information:
The Pacific conference on The Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from February 10-12, 2010. More than 220 people including government ministers, parliamentarians, development partners, UN agencies, youth and women’s groups and civil society organizations will be attending. The conference is organized by the Government of Vanuatu with support from the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the University of the South Pacific.