Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona addressing a gathering hosted by
the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York said
that the Government was committed to mainstreaming youth issues in the
country. He highlighted the youth related achievements of Sri Lanka and
reassured the audience of the Government’s determination to ensure the
success of the Commonwealth Youth Forum and next years' World Youth
Conference. He underlined the areas of education, health, employment and
civic participation where Sri Lanka was a model. He also emphasized the
increasing importance of women and girls to the Sri Lankan economy. The
reception was attended by a wide cross section of delegations of Member
States, UN agencies and international youth organizations. Many have
already pledged their support to Sri Lanka in hosting the World Conference
on Youth in 2014.

Mr Ahmad Alhindawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, eloquently
commended the Sri Lankan government on its preparations for the World
Conference and stressed the importance of using the Colombo conference as a
platform to further enhance the youth development agenda. He will be
visiting Sri Lanka in early July to discuss conference arrangements.

The Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Ms. Corinne Woods,
presented a formal invitation to the Permanent Representative of Sri
Lanka requesting the Government of Sri Lanka to become an active partner of
the UN global survey ‘My World’.

Addressing the gathering, Katherine Ellis - Director of Youth Affairs,
Commonwealth Secretariat, London, commended Sri Lanka’s preparations for
this year’s Commonwealth Youth Forum in Sri Lanka. She will actively
support the two conferences.

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