Some Things I Learned in Sri Lanka: Development, Climate Change & International Negotiations

By: Sally Mouakkad

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I spend my days as a Science and Innovation Officer at the Consulate in Los Angeles, but one of my external passions, and one which lead me to this position, is Read More


Address by Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka at the GloCha Conference 2014 on “Sustainable Development, Multi-stakeholder Action and Innovation” on 5th June 2014 in Klagenfurt, Austria

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Good afternoon!

It is indeed a pleasure for me to be in this beautiful city of Klagenfurth for the GloCha 2014 Conference and to address this gathering of distinguished delegates. I wish to thank the organizers for the excellent arrangements made for this conference and for selecting a multifaceted theme that is of vital importance to all countries, both in the developed and developing world. Even though this conference is small in number of Read More

WCY Reflections

By Aisha Nazim

Sri Lanka has been hosting some pretty important events in recent times, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) a few months ago, and the World Conference on Youth (WCY) in early May, both which brought immense publicity for the country as hundreds upon hundreds of international delegates flocked in.

Organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, the WCY had a total of around 1,500 delegates and officials involved. While Read More

In Defence of the Colombo Declaration on Youth

By Roli Mahajan

1500 young people came together in Colombo. There were administration glitches and there were comments that “Ohhh, this could have been done better!”, “Will this really change anything?”, “There are so many young people whose voices are not included!” and lots more.

I heard them and heard some more but there was something within me which was bubbling with the need to speak out in defense of the event and its outcome. So here I Read More

War, Women and Healing the Wounds from the Past

By Jama Jack -

“As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorate our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness.” – Christina Baldwin Read More