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* Young Sri Lankans supported by the UN's Youth4Youth program come together to drive lasting peace
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, 01:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 18, Colombo: In celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is globally observed on 21 September, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka has conducted a national symposium for young people.

The United Nations Population Fund promotes the important and active role of youth in building lasting peace in line with the UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace, and Security.

UNFPA Sri Lanka, through its 3-year program, Youth4Youth, delivered in partnership with Chrysalis and UN Volunteers, supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund conducted the National symposium for 100 young people in Digana, Kandy.

Parliamentarian Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena, who graced the event, read out a message from Minister of Youth Affairs Sagala Ratnayake.

"I hope the Youth4Youth programme offers a great platform for youth from diverse backgrounds to engage in peacebuilding and development processes," Minister Ratnayake said in his message.

Thereafter MP Dr. Jayawardena participated in a dialogue with the young leaders from the nine provinces. Further, Mr. Wasantha Karunarathne, Assistant Director of Youth Organization Development and Career Guidance was in attendance.

Speaking on the important and positive role of youth in peacebuilding, UNFPA Representative, Ms. Ritsu Nacken said this is the fifth symposium that UNFPA is delivering as part of the Youth4Youth initiative.

"I am particularly honored to be at this event, since it is our first National symposium, where we have youth from all parts of the island coming together to discuss how youth can actively drive and sustain peace in Sri Lanka."

As part of the Youth4Youth initiative, four provincial symposiums were held over the last year, in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Provinces in Sri Lanka, with the aim of engaging young people in peacebuilding initiatives.

At the National Symposium, held in Digana recently, the lessons learned from the 4-provinces were shared with young people from across all parts of the island. An outcome of the discussion was to formulate a panel of young leaders to drive concrete solutions to translate youth-led action into the national level.

The 100 participants from diverse communities around the island, engaged in various discussions and interactive activities over the course of 4-days.

Reflecting on his experience being part of the symposium, Yashodha Bandara Kotagama, 21 from Monaragala said: "The unique learning experience that we received through this residential workshop helped us see how similar we are despite our differences. We are all Sri Lankan".


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