The Birth of SYAH
When young people of the SIDS-AIMS region were convened in Seychelles in July 2013 for the AIMS Youth Regional Meeting, they realized that unlike their Caribbean and Pacific counterparts, the AIMS region lacked synergy and were more geographically dispersed. There was a strong need to get young people within the SIDS-AIMS region organized into a network. Such a network would enable them to share best practices and collaboratively implement projects for sustainable development. It was also important for this network to be a legal entity that facilitates the access to funds needed to implement such projects.
The AIMS Youth Regional Meeting was part of the ‘My World, MY SIDS – Y.E.S (Youth, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability)’ initiative led by UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA and their partner organizations. Similar youth meeting was also held in the Caribbean and Pacific region respectively.