Young Leaders Create Platform to Influence Post-2015 Development Agenda

Sarah Lindsay

Senior Technical Officer

Closing Ceremony at WCY 2014 in Sri Lanka. Photo: MSH Staff“The negotiations on the Colombo Action Plan were concluded last night and we do have a final Colombo Action Plan. “Dr. Palitha Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, announced at the Closing Ceremony of the World Conference on Youth 2014 on Saturday, May 10th.

“What we have,” Dr. Palitha said, “is a platform from which youth interests can be advanced in the years to come. “

The youth delegates were told that wihle the conference is ending and the Colombo Action Plan is finished, their jobs are not over.

“We are not finishing here, we are building momentum. Today, we remind the world that youth exists, they are not just numbers,”  said Ahmed Alhendawi,  the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle,  member of the International Youth Task Force agreed, “If this document ends here, it will be a disappointment. We must make sure this legacy continues, not just through our governments, but through our youth organizations and young people. “

So what are the ways forward from the World Conference on Youth?

“The UN will convene a youth forum in the next month to study the document and spread it throughout all UN agencies to enhance all the work of the UN on Youth,” Alhendawi said.

And in a year and a half, youth delegates will convene again to monitor and progress the implementation of the Colombo Action Plan. “ In November, 2015, Nigeria will host the next World Conference on Youth,”  Boni Haruna, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth Development announced to applause.

To see the full Colombo Action Plan, as well as a compilation of drafts, and summaries of discussions and negotiations, check out the World Conference on Youth website.

For a summary of the week-long conference, see previous LMG blogs featuring the policy discussions on health and governance.