Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Youth called upon to take action to achieve their needs at World Youth conference in Sri Lanka
Sat, May 10, 2014, 09:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 10, Colombo: The world's youth were called upon to take action to achieve their needs when the Round Table on Youth Rights met on Day 3 of the World Youth Conference 2014 at the BMICH in Sri Lanka.

The discussion was a continuation of the discussions from the last two days, which focused on topics such as implementation of youth rights and different definitions found in different countries on youth rights, among others.

The moderator commenced the session by talking about the importance of the three factors discussed at earlier sessions: Recognizing youth rights, access to youth rights and cultural differences among youth in the world, which set background for the continuation of the discussion.

Speaking at the continuation of the roundtable discussion on Youth Rights, Assistant Representative for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Sri Lanka Mr. Gamini Wanasekara said he believes in fighting for youth rights.

"Dignity will not come to you in a platter" he told the youth speaking on how to achieve what they needs to achieve and called upon the young generation to take action to achieve their needs.

Further explaining his ideas by referring to the relationship between the "right holders" and "duty bearers," Wanasekara said the right holders should claim rights from the duty bearers and in return the duty bearers should fulfill their responsibility towards right holders.

Although the youth rights are in existence at present, there should be a mechanism to reach them, he noted.

Concluding his speech, he showed the two choices the youth have: To fulfill their needs and live a "comfortable" life or to claim your rights and lead a "dignified" life.

President of EIJ Mr. Alejandro Blancas Alvarado in his speech referred to collective efforts from the past to ensure better living conditions in the world at large, paying special attention to the contribution of the United Nations.

He believes that the three factors of the role of the youth, achieving the set goals for the youth and the role of youth in realizing their goals are of importance.

Also emphasizing the significance of a framework, Alvarado said that there should be a common understanding as well as a common framework for youth rights that are being discussed and absence of a framework can lead to pressure.

He also added information on the steps taken globally in ensuring youth rights by referring to the special commission appointed by United Nations on ensuring youth rights.

Talking about the plight of young women in the world, he said that half of sexual harassments incidents happen to young women under 16 years old.

Alvarado underscored that goal setting for 2015 should be ambitious and concrete and emphasized on strengthening the mechanism process related to goal setting and implementation.

Commenting on building new models on youth rights, he said the youth should be given the opportunity for direct involvement.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka's 2015 budget focused on long term development - Central Bank Governor
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka joins China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka hires eighth lobbying firm in the US
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka business chamber to host seminar on bilateral trade with UK on October 29
-- [5 hours ago]
Counter arguments raised to support Sri Lankan President's eligibility for the third term
-- [6 hours ago]
Three Sri Lankans alleged of spying for Pakistan charged in Indian court
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka ruling party secretary launches campaign for prime minister post
Beggars under watch in Sri Lanka after an abducted child was found with a beggar
Snap presidential election is unconstitutional, Sri Lanka Marxist party tells EC
Sri Lanka CID investigates Rs. 1.5 billion fraud in purchasing coal for Norochcholai power plant

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.