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27 Aug 2010

Youth involved in developing the future

From August 23 to 27, 2010, thousands of people came from approximately one hundred countries attended the 2010 World Youth Conference. The event provided a forum for dialogue on the role that future generations will play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).The Conference was held in the city of León, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.


The objective of this meeting was to identify action priorities for young people. These priorities will be incorporated in the international development program in 2015. These priorities, which were announced in a declaration, will be presented in September 2010 at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Québec’s presence

Stéphanie Vallée, Member for Gatineau and legislative assistant to the Premier, and Alfred Pilon, Chief Executive Officer of the Office Québec-Amériques pour la Jeunesse (OQAJ), attended the Conference. The OQAJ also made it possible for young adults from Québec to participate and hold workshops and round tables as part of the global interactive forum at the Conference.

World Youth Conference

The Conference was an initiative of the Mexican government. It also received support from the United Nations system and other multilateral organizations. Some of the 11 central themes discussed at the event included:

    • poverty and exclusion
    • employment
    • health
    • education
    • international migration
    • social justice and human rights

Conference participants came from diverse backgrounds and included:

    • young people
    • government officials
    • representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGO)
    • United Nations officers

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals in relation to youth can be broken down into several components:

    • decrease extreme poverty and hunger
    • provide primary education for all
    • promote gender equality and empower women
    • reduce infant mortality
    • improve the health of mothers
    • fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
    • protect the environment
    • set up a global development partnership

2010 World Youth Conference
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