May 10, Colombo: The 2014 World Youth Conference held in Colombo Sri Lanka came to a conclusion today at the National Youth Council premises in Maharagama with the adoption of Colombo Declaration on Youth.
The first ever World Youth Conference was held under the theme "Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda" from May 6th -10th at the BMICH in Colombo with the participation of 1,500 participants, half of them young people, aged 18 to 29, and including over 300 from marginalized backgrounds.
The conference provided an exclusive platform for an inter-generational dialogue to lead to a joint youth and youth ministerial declaration, Colombo Declaration on Youth.
The Colombo Declaration, released in line with the conclusion of the summit has presented recommendations on 14 subjects including development with youth leadership, elimination of poverty, Equal Access to Quality Education, Full Employment and Entrepreneurship, Gender Equality, Ending Systemic Inequalities, Youth Rights and Inclusive Youth Participation.
The participants resolved to take necessary measures to work in partnership with all stakeholders including parents, young people, civil society, international organizations, member states and development cooperation agencies to implement the priorities identified in the Colombo Declaration on Youth.
They encouraged member states of the United Nations to table the Colombo Declaration on Youth at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly so as to acknowledge and welcome the recommendations.
Announcing the Colombo Declaration minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dallas Alahapperuma said that the release of this declaration can be considered as another special victory achieved by Sri Lanka in the recent period.
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona who functioned as the Chief Mediator of formulating the Colombo Declaration said although it is not a complete document, it is a platform for common agreement for many matters relating to the global youth. Dr.Kohona requested the youth generation to base this declaration as a future document to create their future world.