Pacific Youth Council secretariat revived

The newly re-established secretariat of the Pacific Youth Council (PYC) will provide much needed support for youth development in the region.

AusAID’s Pacific Leadership Program (AusAID-PLP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PYC to revive its Secretariat which has been dormant for almost 10 years.


SPC’s Human Development Programme (HDP) Adviser for Youth, Rose Maebiru, says the re-establishment of the secretariat is overdue.


“It will breathe new life into the PYC,” Ms Maebiru says. “The secretariat hasn’t been in operation since 2000 because of lack of resources. This revival will enable the PYC to actively pursue its advocacy, network-building and information-sharing role, which will directly benefit young people themselves and their supporters in the region."


The MOU is one of the outcomes of a youth stakeholders meeting held at SPC headquarters in Noumea earlier this year.


Delegates at the meeting stressed the need to strengthen the PYC by establishing an active secretariat. SPC, PYC and AusAID-PLP have pooled resources to set up the secretariat, which will begin operating this month.


Ms Maebiru says the establishment of the PYC secretariat will help motivate National Youth Councils and young people to take a more dynamic role in national development.


“Youth leaders need strong leadership skills if they are to support other young people to become active citizens,” she says.


The PYC is responsible for coordination, advocacy and building partnerships with other agencies to support National Youth Councils, which represent non-governmental youth organisations. These councils work closely with government youth departments to implement action on national youth priorities.

One of the first tasks of the secretariat will be to update the membership status of National Youth Councils and to support their strengthening.


SPC’s HDP will provide office facilities for the PYC secretariat and technical advice and support to its staff.


AusAID-PLP will provide funding and facilitate contact between PYC and other development partners.


For more information please contact Rose Maebiru, SPC Human Development Adviser (Youth), phone +687 26 01 97 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Tione Chinula, SPC Human Development Programme Advocacy and Communications Officer, phone +687 26 01 57 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Background notes

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) provides technical and policy advice and assistance, training and research services to benefit Pacific Island countries and territories. The organisation was established in 1947. Its work is grouped under three divisions encompassing marine, land and social resources.


SPC’s headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia. It has two regional branches, which are located in Suva, Fiji, and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

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Pacific Youth Council

The Pacific Youth Council (PYC) was established as a regional NGO in 1996 to facilitate exchanges amongst National Youth Councils which are members of the PYC. It also aimed to facilitate capacity building initiatives and partnerships with other actors in the youth sector. The PYC secretariat is responsible for the implementation of programs and activities of the council.

AusAID-Pacific Leadership Program

The AusAID-PLP contributes to improved governance in the Pacific region by providing support to current and emerging leaders. One of its focus areas is leadership initiatives for youth, women and communities.