Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Forum launches essay competition for Pacific youth

Palikir, POHNPEI (Pacific Islands Forum/FSM Information Services): May 13, 2005 - The Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum has launched an essay competition for Pacific students to write about, the 'Benefits of Working Together Regionally.'

Co-sponsored by the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), the competition targets high school and college students between the ages of 16 and 24. The essay is limited to 1,500 words and must be submitted by August 31, 2005.

The winner of the competition will be given an opportunity to meet with the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum during their meeting in Papua New Guinea late this year.

The competition was launched at the Pacific Youth Summit in Samoa on May 10.

For more information, please contact:

Mrs Nainasa Whippy at the Pacific Plan office:
(679) 322-0324

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356