Apply to become a Youth Delegate at the World Conference on Youth 2014

Apply to become a Youth Delegate at the World Conference on Youth 2014

Deadline: February 21, 2014
Extended Deadline: March 2, 2014

Are you passionate about development? Do you want to make a lasting and meaningful change? The World Conference On Youth 2014,  “Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, which will take place from 6-10 May in Colombo, Sri Lanka needs you! All expenses of all youth representatives selected to attend the conference will be borne by the organizers.

The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between governments and youth, called “Colombo Action Plan”. The Conference is expected to bring together 1500 participants, half of them young people, and 150 of them will come from marginalised backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. The pre-conference process is led by an independent international youth task force which represents major global youth organisations and regional platforms ensuring regional and gender balance.

How to Participate

There are 5 different categories of youth delegates:

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 organisations (78 people) – to represent international networks/organisations and regional youth platforms active at the international level.
  • Youth from marginalised youth (150 people) – to make sure that young people’s voices who are often ignored are given space.
  • Youth leaders/experts (60 people) – to ensure that youth activists, trade unions, faith and political parties, academic and 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 exisit or by a committees of young people when a National Youth Council doesn’t exist. If you are 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

Young bloggers/journalists (20 people) to make sure that the outreach of the conference is high and all young people with different languages can follow the conference.

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