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* Top UN official to attend World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka
Fri, Apr 18, 2014, 11:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 18, Colombo: A top United Nations official has confirmed his participation at the 2014 World Conference on Youth scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka next month.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly Dr. John William Ashe has confirmed his participation at the World Conference on Youth 2014 to be held in Colombo from 6th to 10th May, 2014 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

Dr. Ashe is the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to both the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. He is an advocate for mainstreaming youth participation in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

In addition to Dr. Ashe, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhindawi and several other heads of the United Nations Agencies have confirmed their participation at the 2014 World Conference on Youth.

The opening ceremony of the Conference is scheduled to take place at the Magampura-Ruhuna International Convention Center in Hambantota on May 6th, the state-run radio said.

The conference under the theme "Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" will provide an exclusive platform for an inter-generational dialogue which leads to a joint youth and youth ministerial declaration, according to the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Youth Services Council Lalith Piyum.

The Conference is expected to bring together 1,500 participants, half of them young people, aged 18 to 29, and 350 of them will come from marginalized backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level, the organizers said.

The 2014 World Conference on Youth is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka.

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