What is WCY and why is it important?
The Cross-cutting theme of WCY is 'mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. WCY 2014 will facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Post-2015 development agenda - which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's). The Conference will also create an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the MDG's, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post -MDG framework and its implementation. The WCY is to be held in May 2014 and will be the final push to mainstream youth in the the Post-2015 Development Agenda before Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in September.
Who is organizing WCY?
WCY is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka (MYASD). An International Youth Task Force (IYTF) appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka. The IYTF is comprised of 20 youth: 10 of whom are young leaders from around the world representing established international youth-led and youth-serving organizations, and 10 are young leaders from Sri Lanka.
Who can participate at WCY?
The conference will bring together youth aged 18 to 29 from the world over.
There are different categories of youth participants:
- 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.
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.
What are the dates of WCY and where will the conference be held?
WCY will take place from 6th - 10th May 2014 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Are there any sponsorships/scholarships available?
Travel and accommodation expenses of youth representatives selected to attend the conference will be borne by the Government of Sri Lanka.
What will be discussed at WCY?
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
What are the Objectives of WCY2014?
- To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the MDG's
- 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 of 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 the national, regional and global levels.
What will be the outcome of WCY 2014?
The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth, called the “Colombo Action Plan on Youth”.
I am less than 18 or over 29 years of age. Can I still apply for the WCY?
Unfortunately, only those between the ages of 18 and 29 can apply as youth delegates. However, there are opportunities for those over 29 years to attend the organization as civil society representatives, media personnel, academia and representatives of the corporate sector.
What if I need special medical assistance to attend WCY 2014?
All delegates who need special medical assistance are requested to write to email@example.com in advance.
How can I obtain more information?
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