The Conference participants were half young people, and many of them coming from marginalised backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. The pre-conference process was led by an independent International Youth Task Force which represented major global youth organizations and regional platforms ensuring regional and gender balance.
The Conference which took place at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo invited world countries to select and send two official youth delegates to represent their National Youth Councils and other youth bodies. In addition to this, 350 more young people belonging to under-represented groups were selected by the International Youth Task Force. Furthermore over 100 youth delegates from Sri Lankan were selected and the Government of Sri Lanka has sponsored all young people attending the conference.
Objectives of the Conference
The Conference was organized to :
- Create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,
- Share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the Post-2015 development agenda and its implementation,
- Facilitate a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY),
- 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,
- 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 national, regional and global levels.
The Colombo Youth Action Plan has addressed the following:
- Increased awareness on the World Programme for Action on Youth,
- Increased intergenerational dialogue to strengthen youth participation in global, regional, and national development,
- Increased commitment to youth policy with effective participation of young people,
- Increased efforts to strengthen and boost the establishment of National Youth Councils and other youth bodies,
- Increased investment and resources on youth development and participation,
- Priorities of young people for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.