IPS Knowledge Contributions at the World Conference on Youth (WCY) 2014

The WCY 2014 which was held during 6th-10th May was successfully concluded with the aim of mainstreaming youth in the post 2015 development agenda. The IPS is pleased to have been part of the conference both as a key knowledge as well as a resource partner.

Chatura Rodrigo, IPS Research Economist, chaired the Publications Subcommittee of the WCY which overlooked the preparation and dissemination of all publications materials in the conference. He also participated as a panelist at the last roundtable session on ‘Poverty Eradication and Food Security’.

IPS Research Economist and the Editor of the IPS blog ‘Talking Economics’, Anushka Wijesinha, also shared insights as a panelist at the second roundtable session on ‘Poverty Eradication and Food Security’. His comments on the need to infuse technology in agriculture to tackle poverty and bring back young people in to the sector, was featured prominently in the conference newsletter and on the conference blog.

Further, a new report ‘Investing in the Demographic Dividend: Successes, Challenges and Way Forward for Sri Lanka’, jointly prepared by the IPS and UNFPA was also launched at a special side event of the WCY. The report highlights Sri Lanka’s need to prepare for a post-demographic dividend era, and strengthen investments in education, health and social security.

Apart from this, IPS research publications including the recently launched ‘Youth and Development: Realizing the MDGs for Sri Lankan Youth’, and the latest edition of the ‘Talking Economics Digest’ were also made available to delegates from all over the world.

Media Highlights:

•Using technology to eradicate poverty and food security
The Nation – 8th May 2014 

•Importance of the Youth Participation in Agriculture Highlighted at WCU2014
News.lk – 10th May 2014 

•World Conference on Youth 2014 Sri Lanka
Sunday Observer – 10th May 2014 

•IPS knowledge insights enrich World Conference on Youth 2014
Ceylon Today – 16th May 2014 

•IPS knowledge insights enrich World Conference on Youth 2014
The Nation – 16th May 2014