•World Conference on Youth 2014: "Colombo Declaration" adopted
World Conference on Youth 2014: “Colombo Declaration” adopted
The Colombo Declaration on Youth was adopted by delegates from all over the world at the closing of the World Conference on Youth 2014 which took place in Sri Lanka from 6 to 10 May 2014.
The Declaration, which has now been adopted by Ministers responsible for youth and civil society organisations including youth organisations, calls specifically for clear targets and indicators focused on youth as a cross-cutting issue throughout the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It also demands an enhanced and active role for youth in policy formulation, as well as in the implementation and evaluation of processes related to development. Delegates also recognised the urgent need for the fulfillment of young people’s human rights and encouraged the establishment of a permanent youth department within the United Nations with representations in member countries to support and follow up local youth programmes. They also called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to establish a permanent forum on youth to facilitate a sustained dialogue on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.