Applications for the World Conference on Youth International Delegates are now online.

Apply online at www.wcy2014.org 

Call for Youth Delegates at the World Conference on Youth 2014

Are you passionate about development? Do you want to make a lasting and meaningful change? Let’s get together to discuss development beyond 2015!

The World Conference on Youth 2014, “Mainstreaming Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda” will take place from 6 to 10 May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth, called ‘Colombo Action Plan’.

The Conference is expected to bring together 1500 participants, half of them young people, and 150 of them will come from marginalised backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. The pre-conference process is led by an independent international youth task force which represents major global youth organisations and regional platforms ensuring regional and gender balance.

How to participate:

There are two categories of youth delegates:

  1. National Youth Delegates (2 per country/400 people). They are to be selected by governments in cooperation with National Youth Councils where they exisit or by a committees of young people when a National Youth Council doesn’t exist. If you are a National Youth Council or a young person active nationally you should first contact the Ministry responsible for Youth and/or the National Youth Council to apply nationally. 
  2. International Youth Delegates (350 people). Direct applications can be done on the website and are focused on a few categories:
    1. Facilitators (42 people)– to support the running of the conference
    2. Youth from international youth-led organisations  (78 people) – to represent international networks/organisations and regional youth platforms active at the international level.
    3. Youth from marginalised youth (150 people) – to make sure that young people’s voices who are often ignored are given space.
    4. Youth leaders/experts (60 people) – to ensure that youth activists, trade unions, faith and political parties, academic and development negotiations are involved.
    5. Young bloggers/journalists (20 people) to make sure that the outreach of the conference is high and all young people with different languages can follow the conference.

All applications to become an international youth delegate should be made via the online application. In case the applicant is not able to fill it themselves, a third party may assist them in filling out the application on behalf of them (but not without the knowledge of the applicant).

The international youth delegates will be selected according to these criteria:

  • Between 18 and 30
  • Well versed in current national/international youth policies and/or development debates
  • Willing and motivated to prepare the WCY together with other young people through involving in/conducting consultations to take other young people’s views to the WCY
  • Willing to ensure follow-up to the WCY through dissemination of outcomes and taking part in the implementation of the outcome document
  • Able to work in English
  • Supported by an organisation/community that can endorse you as a delegate (whenever possible)

Please not that gender and regional balance will be taken into account in the selection.

The role of youth delegates:

  • To represent their constituencies during the WCY2014 and actively take part in the conference programme
  • To prepare for the WCY2014 together with their constituencies through the organisation of consultations and other pre-conference programmes
  • To actively follow-up the WCY2014

The deadline for applications is 21st February 2014.

Delegates’ travel costs to Sri Lanka and the participation at the conference will be borne by the organisers.

Apply online at www.wcy2014.org 



  1. Hello, Please I was unable to put up an application for this unique and uncommon gathering before now but do want to take part in it.. I can afford to bear the cost of travel or subsidize it and also am a vibrant and energetic young person who has been involved in series of international conferences in europe and africa with a zeal of improving the system. Am from Nigeria. Pls I’ll need a reply soonest. Thx

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