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(CMC) – A two-day conference aimed at examining and redefining violence prevention solutions as it relates to youth violence and prevention in the Caribbean gets underway in Guyana on Tuesday.
The organisers said that the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention will bring together leaders from youth movements, governments, civil society, development organizations and academia, to design trans-formational youth-centered action to combat crime and violence, and address constraints that youth activists face in improving safety outcomes in their communities.
It is being hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, UNICEF, the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat, the St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission, and the Caribbean Learning for Youth Networking and Change Sessions (LYNCS) Network.
The organisers said that the region has the highest rate of victimization by homicide, assault, and threat in the world.
The opening ceremony will be addressed by Guyana’s Minister of Social Cohesion George Norton, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, as well as Muriel Mafico, UNICEF deputy representative for the eastern Caribbean.