In May LiJOT coordinator of international affairs K. Žemaitis participated in the world youth conference in Sri Lanka. The main aim of the conference was to find ways to ensure youth policy implementation within the context of United Nations beyond 2015.
In Colombo youth declaration, which was adopted by ministers responsible for youth affairs, public society organizations and youth representatives, were submitted proposals regarding assurance of youth rights, youth empowerment and inclusion into decision making process, gender equality and other important youth related issues.
The format of the conference – a precedent when the first time this kind of high level document (Colombo youth declaration) was adopted both by youth delegates and representatives of states. The document will be presented in the nearest United Nations General Assembly, which will be held in autumn this year in New York.
In the event participated more than 1 500 young people, ministers, representatives of youth organizations, ambassadors and other high rank states’ and youth representatives from more than 160 countries. In the world youth conference also participated 2 youth delegates from Lithuania: a specialist from Vilnius city municipality department of Youth affairs and a project coordinator at „Europos namai“ Roberta Burinskaitė and a coordinator of international affairs at Lithuanian Youth Council Karolis Žemaitis.