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:

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?
What are the Objectives of WCY2014?
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 in advance.

How can I obtain more information?

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