On Saturday 10th May, young delegates from all over the world adopted the “Colombo Declaration on Youth”, in the scope the World Conference on Youth on the theme “Mainstreaming youth in the post-2015 development agenda”.
Taking place in Sri Lanka, the World Conference on Youth gathered 1,500 participants, including ministers responsible for youth, young people, representatives of Governments, United Nations Agencies, youth-led organisations, non-governmental organisations and other development partners to explore ways and means of mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, within the agreed framework of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). It was the largest Youth Conference since the first edition in 1936.
The “Colombo Declaration on Youth” calls for clear targets and indicators focused on youth as a transversal issue throughout the post-2015 development agenda. It also calls for an enhanced and more active role of youth representatives in the decision-making process.
The declaration also demands the fulfillment of young people’s human rights and encourages the establishment of a youth department within the UN, as well as a permanent forum on youth.
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