Written by Bella Dalima
10 May, 2014 | 6:46 pm
The World Conference on Youth 2014 , which was held from May 6 came to a successful conclusion on Saturday with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration on Youth.
Announcing the Colombo Declaration on Youth, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma said that the presentation of the declaration was another achievement in Sri Lanka’s post independence history.
The Colombo Declaration on Youth serves as a platform for youth on various avenues and solutions. The official ceremony marking the conclusion of the World Conference on Youth 2014 , took place on Saturday morning at the premises of the Sri Lanka Youth in Maharagama.
Dr. Palitha Kohona who functioned as the chief mediator in formulating the Colombo Declaration presented the document to the head table.
The Colombo Declaration on Youth presents recommendations for action based on fourteen key areas including Inclusive Youth led-development, Realising equal access to quality education and Gender Equality.
Based on the priorities identified, the participants resolved to move forward a number of recommendations, including calling on the UN Secretary General to incorporate the Colombo Declaration on Youth as a significant input to mainstreaming youth in the post 2015 development agenda and make appropriate reference to it in his synthesis report.
It also encourages member states of the UN to table the Colombo Declaration on Youth at the 69th Session of the UNGA so as to acknowledge and welcome the recommendations made by it.
Nigeria is set to host the next world conference on youth.
Addressing Saturday’s event, the Nigerian Minister of Youth commented on the support extended by the delegates over the current situation taking place in the African Nation.
A highlight of the ceremony was that the official theme song of WCY 2014 , which lifted the spirits of the youth yet again.
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