DEADLINE EXTENDED:The World Conference on Youth 2014 Applications

Official logo of World Youth Conference 2014 unveiled
Applications are now open to become a Youth Delegate at the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka – May 6-10, 2014.


The World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY) in Sri Lanka presents a unique opportunity for Member States, young people, and other relevant stakeholders to come together to discuss the role of youth in formulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda and  integrate the youth voice into the process.  Unlike previous intergovernmental youth conferences, where the ministerial portion and the youth portion where separate and distinct, the WCY in Sri Lanka hopes to produce a joint outcome document that represents a policy consensus between Governments and young people.  The legitimacy of this conference is rooted in the fact that the entire process is youth-guided.  The Government of Sri Lanka is collaborating with an International Youth Task Force (IYTF) that is composed of ten international members and ten Sri Lankan youth.  Together, the IYTF and the Government of Sri Lanka are setting the agenda of the conference, ensuring the diversity of youth participants, and preparing the consultation process.

 The recently agreed “Policies and programmes involving youth” (A/C.3/68/L.10.Rev.1) welcomed the conference hosted by Sri Lanka and “…urge[d] Member States and UN entities in consultation with youth-led organizations to explore new avenues to promote full, effective, structured, and sustainable participation of young people and youth-led organizations in relevant decision making processes including in designing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives and in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.”  This conference is the perfect moment to fulfill that call.

Suggested themes and cross cutting issues

The IYTF and the National Steering Committee, in addressing the overarching theme of the conference “Strengthening youth in decision making processes in the development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda,” have suggested the following clusters of areas to help guide the discussions:


  1. Realizing equal access to quality Education
  2. Full Employment and Entrepreneurship
  3. Poverty Eradication and Food Security
  4. Promoting Healthy Lives and Access to Health
  5. Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness and Youth Centered Urbanization
  6. Realizing peace, reconciliation and ending violence
  7. Ensuring inclusive recreation, sports and cultures

Cross Cutting issues

  1. Achieving good governance and accountability
  2. Inclusive Youth Participation at all levels
  3. Youth Rights
  4. Globalization & Access to Information Led-Development (MOI)
  5. Ending systemic inequalities
  6. Gender Equality
  7. Empowering marginalized youth including Most at Risk Young People

Objectives of the World Conference on Youth 2014

  • To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
  • To share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and its implementation
  • To facilitate a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY)
  • To facilitate effective partnerships with youth, youth-led organisations and youth movements to further strengthen inclusive youth participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
  • To contribute to the establishment of a permanent youth engagement mechanism that ensures consistent follow- up with young people and further boosts their participation and partnership in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda at national, regional and global levels.

Opportunities for Participation

Young people will constitute the core participants at the conference.  Out of the 1500 expected participants, 750 of them will be youth.  Regard will be given to gender, diversity of background, and region.150 delegate spots have been set aside for young people from the

For more information, visit more information on how
to apply.

Deadline: March 2nd, 2014


Posted on February 26, 2014, in Africa, Gender, Women, Girls, Global, Opportunities and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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