The World Youth Conference 2010

Today the Guanajuato Declaration will be announced.

Friday 27. The World Youth Conference 2010 in Léon, Guanajuato succeeded in bringing together 112 official delegations from as many different countries to analyze the current situation facing young people regarding the Millennium Development Goals for 2015. 36 ministers, responsible for youth policies, accompanied by government officials from every continent, worked August 25-27 at the Government Forum of the World Youth Conference 2010 on thirteen important topics for the development of young people.

They agreed on what will be announced today, Friday 27, as the Guanajuato Declaration, a document created through regional meetings, including government gatherings in Strasbourg, France; Salvador Bahía, Brazil; Abuja, Nigeria; three meetings of the International Organizing Committee and input submitted by its members; meetings of the National committee and internal discussions with the Mexican government, as well as previous conferences organized in Mexico with the young people´s participation, civil organizations and local government entities, and discussions with government missions in the United Nations.

The Guanajuato Declaration will be announced at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations´ General Assembly to be held September 20-22 with recommendations about the following topics:

  1. Public policies and investment
  2. Poverty and hunger
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. Employment
  6. Gender equality
  7. Technology books and innovation
  8. Culture
  9. Access to justice and safety
  10. Participation
  11. Sustainable development
  12. International migration
  13. International cooperation

Three days before, August 23-25, young representatives from all around the world also discussed the fourth draft of the Declaration; 213 delegates were scrupulously selected, members of 213 Non-governmental Organizations and originally from 153 countries debated these thirteen topics and stated their opinion on the “Position of the NGO’s Global Meeting” document, that will be delivered to the ministers at the beginning of the Government Forum and a delegation of ten young observers from the Social Forum.

This broad document offers a list of recommendations for the governments of the world to assure the development of adequate legislative frameworks on a national and international level that will guarantee the basic rights of the young people in the areas of food, education, health, including sexual rights and reproductive health, employment and free participation, among others.

Both meetings had the participation of 45 United Nations´ observers and also the assistance of directors of state youth institutions from Mexico. There were also presentations by five Mexican secretaries of state, such as Health, Tourism, Work, Communication and Transportation, and Environment, in what was called the National Forum.

The first day focused on different perspectives of poverty and exclusion, and mobility and migration were also emphasized; on the second day concerned equality and gender; the third day education, culture and development were highlighted; the fourth day was dedicated primarily to human rights; today will conclude with the topics of employment and technology and innovation.

This week we were able to share more than 100 conferences with distinguished appearances, like that of Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Prize), panels, round tables, dynamics, concerts, expos, which more than two thousand people attended. The Global Interactive Forum – the only space open to the public – there were 135 stands (12 from the United Nations), and it was visited by more than 6 thousand people.

Caulli, the “alebrije” that represents the World Youth Conference 2010, witnessed a week of hard work, of compromises, promises and hope that will be expressed loudly. Say it aloud!

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