President Rajapaksa extends good wishes to World Conference on Youth

President Rajapaksa extends good wishes to World Conference on Youth

Written by Staff Writer

05 May, 2014 | 9:19 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also extended his best wishes for the World Conference on Youth 2014 that is to commence on Tuesday.

In his message, the President notes that it is timely for the World Conference on Youth to be held in Sri Lanka at a time when Sri Lanka has crossed the threshold to peace and is progressing on the path of reconciliation and development.

The President added: “The national policy of Sri Lanka states that this century belongs to the youth. It is the century of knowledge. This clearly shows the importance given to the progress of youth in the country, and the emphasis on listening to the voice of youth in the tasks of national development”.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the World Youth Conference Attorney-at-law Lalith Piyum Perera said that six ministers of youth affairs representing six countries had arrived in the country on Monday morning in line with the World Youth Conference 2014. A total of 94 youth representatives have arrived in the country.

A group led by Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Dullas Alahapperuma, visited the Magam Ruhunupura International Convention Centre on Sunday to inspect the preparation for the opening ceremony of WCY 2014. Preliminary sessions and the closing ceremony of WCY 2014 is to be held at BMICH following the inaugural session.

Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Dullas Alahapperuma expressed following views:

“There are 1.8 billion youth living in the world at present. The Colombo Declaration will provide guidelines for states when it comes to determining the role of these youth in the next ten years, and for youth who are yet to be born.”

The first group of Foreign State Ministers who will be participating in the World Conference on Youth 2014, arrived in the country on Monday morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.

Ministers of Youth Affairs from Myanmar, Fiji, Nepal, Cuba, Gabon and Algeria arrived in the countr this morning. The youth Representative of the UN General Secretary Ahamed Alahandai is slated to participate at the conference.

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