During the International Committee meeting, gathering more than 60 representatives from UN entitities and Governments, Ana Maria from FLAJ duly pointed out that the youth rights focus has been weakened in the draft declaration – while the preparatory meeting in Brazil was clearly in favour of a strong youth rights focus in the declaration.

Many ICMYO organisations have been pushing for a legal recognition of youth rights on the global level and with a majority of African and American youth ministers present there is hope that this element of the declaration can be re-strengthened during the coming days. On Wednesday a huge Youth Rights march will be organised in Leon by EIJ, a new organisation in ICMYO since this summer.

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