A regional solution has been urged for youth crime and violence in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The solution was proposed at a two-day conference aimed at examining and redefining violence prevention solutions as they relate to youth violence and prevention in the Caribbean.
Addressing the conference that began Tuesday in the Guyana capital, Georgetown, CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, was quoted by CMC News as saying that it is a regional problem that demands a regional solution.
LaRocque told the conference that has brought together leaders from youth movements, governments, civil society, development organisations and academia that crime and security is an issue that is having an impact on all the 15-members of the regional integration grouping, CMC reported.
“It is a regional problem that demands a regional solution. It not only requires the full co-operation of all our countries but also all the stakeholders within the member states. The multi-state, multi-sectoral response to this challenge is vital for us to succeed in defeating it,” LaRocque told the opening ceremony.
He said a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2012 Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security, noted that crime and violence impose high social, economic and cultural costs.
Crime and violence are development issues and the report recommended that a model of security for the region should be based on a human development approach with citizen security being paramount, he added, according to CMC News.
The two day conference is intended to design’ transformational youth-centred action’ to combat crime and violence and address constraints that youth activists face in improving safety outcomes in their communities, it was reported.