World conference on youth to cost Rs. 500 mn

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014, scheduled to be held in Colombo this month would cost an estimated Rs. 500 million, according to Education Deputy Minister and Monitoring MP of the Youth Affairs and Skills Development Ministry, Mohan Lal Grero.

Addressing a media briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday, he said that the government had allocated Rs. 250 million directly to the WCY and another Rs. 250 million was collected from Sri Lankan sponsors.

The WCY would take place from May 6 to 10 at BMICH under the theme "Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".

A total of 350 international youth delegates including 78 youth from international youth-led organizations, 150 youth from marginalized backgrounds, 60 youth leaders or experts would participate in the event. Another 100 Sri Lankan youth delegates. A total of 400 national youth delegates, Fourty two facilitators and 30 social media fellows would also attend.

Grero said that the government would also bear the travel and accommodation cost of youth representatives of the WCY, including local youth delegates.

"The Government of Sri Lanka will be sponsoring all young people attending the conference," he added.

Around 147 countries had already confirmed their participation at the WCY and UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Al Hindawi and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Dr. John W. Ashe, 25 Youth Affairs Ministers, UN regional directors and deputy directors would attend the event.

According to the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) Chairman Lalith Piyum Perera, the Conference would produce a joint outcome document between states and youth, called the "Colombo Action Plan on Youth".

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