World Conference mainstreams Youth 2014


Are you a youth craving for social development? Do you think you possess all the potentials to take part on a world-based youth change? WCY appeals to all 18-29-year old young minds with all capacity of discussing issues and concerns on different agenda to join this year’s World Conference on Youth with a theme,“Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 6th-10th May 2014 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Aiming to succeed the progress of Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), WCY intensifies the process of defining the future global development framework in order to promote youth involvement starting from planning to actual execution of collective ideas to be evaluated during the conference.

What to expect from WCY 2014?

WCY has 7 key foundation and 7 thematic areas. The foundations are broad, cross-cutting issues, while the thematic areas are more specific
The main foundations of the Conference are:

  • Achieving Good Governance & Accountability
  • Inclusive Youth Participation at All Levels
  • Youth Rights
  • Globalization/Inclusive Youth-Led Development (MOI)
  • Ending Systemic Inequalities
  • Gender Equality
  • Empowering Marginalized Youth Including Most at Risk Young People

Thematic Areas of the Conference are:

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

Below are the general visions and objectives of WCY 2014:

  1. To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the MDG’s
  2. To share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and its implementation
  3. To facilitate a process that increases awareness of and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY)
  4. 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
  5. 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 the national, regional and global levels.
  6. The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth, called the “Colombo Action Plan on Youth”.

Qualifications for joining the conference:

  • International Youth Delegates (350 people): Direct applications can be done on the website and are focused on a few categories:
    • Youth from international youth-led organizations (78 people) – to represent international networks/organizations and regional youth platforms active at the international level.
    • Youth from marginalized backgrounds (150 people) – to make sure that voices of young people who are often ignored are given space.
    • Youth leaders/experts (60 people) – to ensure that youth activists, trade unions, faith-based groups and political parties, academics and those engaging in development negotiations are involved.
  • Sri Lankan Youth Delegates: As host country, Sri Lanka will select 100 young Sri Lankans to participate
  • National Youth Delegates (2 per country/400 people): They are to be selected by governments in cooperation with National Youth Councils (where they exist) or by a committee of young people when a National Youth Council doesn’t exist. If you are part of a National Youth Council or a young person active nationally, you should first contact the ministry responsible for youth and/or the National Youth Council to apply nationally.
  • Facilitators (42 people): To support the running of the conference and help lead thematic discussions.
  • Social Media Fellows (30 people): To make sure that the outreach of the conference is high and all young people communicating in different languages can follow the conference.

Please take note that WCY 2014 will also bring representatives of Member States, including Ministers of Youth, UN officials, representatives of other international and regional organizations, academics, corporate leaders and other relevant stakeholders to Colombo.

To proceed with detailed requirements on participating, click link here.

Who organizes the event for WCY 2014?

A 20-member International Youth Task Force (IYTF) was appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka (MYASD) to run the event. The first batch of 10 youths came from  leaders around the world representing established international youth-led and youth-serving organizations and the other 10 are representative young local leaders from Sri Lanka.

Additional information:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses of youth representatives selected to attend the conference will be borne by the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • All delegates who need special medical assistance are requested to write to in advance.

For more inquiries about WCY, visit the facebook page at; or twitter account; for direct questions, email at



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