Hambantota springs with life as it prepares for the World Youth Conference

Hambantota springs with life as it prepares for the World Youth Conference

Written by Staff Writer

22 Apr, 2014 | 10:31 pm

Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, engaged in an inspection tour of the Magampura Ruhunu International Convention Centre, the venue of the opening ceremony of the World Conference on Youth 2014.

The opening ceremony of the 15th World Conference on Youth is to be held on May 6.The purpose of this inspection tour was to look into preliminary preparations for the opening ceremony and the facilities at the convention centre.

Extensive discussions were held on preparations at the Convention Centre, under the auspices of the Minister and the Organising Committee at the Administrative Building of the Hambantota Pradeshiya Sabha.

Subsequently, the group visited the Magampura Ruhunu International Convention Centre.The theme of the World Conference on Youth 2014, is Mainstreaming youth in the post 2015 development agenda.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma made following views regarding the World Conference on Youth 2014.

“As of last night, representatives of 106 countries, including the Ministers of Youth Affairs of 27 countries and several high-ranking UN officials led by the President of the General Assembly, have confirmed their participation at the World Conference on Youth.”

“ We have not seen the designs of cities dedicated to the youth in most cities in Asia, but His Excellency the President has decided that the City of Magam Ruhunupura in Hambantota, will be dedicated to the youth. It will be a city of youth.”

He added: “ On the night of the 9th, the World Youth Community that will gather in Sri Lanka will present their final declaration to the head of state, His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa – the Colombo Declaration. We believe that it will become the only document to outline the agenda of the world youth community for several decades from 2014.”

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