SUNFO Youth Congress which is the youngsters arm of SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONS FRIENDSHIP ORGANISATION organized a meaningful commemoration event the International Youth Day(IYD) on Aug 12 at the National Museum Auditorium, Colombo 7.
The key note address was delivered by the Asia Pacific Coordinator of GYSD and Director General of SUNFO Peace Ambassador Dr.Deshapriya S. Wijetunge. He described that how the AUGUST 12 was commissioned for YOUTH. On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. SUNFO was pioneered to introduce IYD to Sri Lanka by organizing a numerous youth led service events and National Ceremony at BMICH, Colombo in 2005. Dr.Wijetunge explained that since then SUNFO Youth Congress actively involved in IYD in Sri Lanka and internationally.
Dr.Wijetunge expressed that forty-three percent of the world’s population is currently under 25. The number of young people is rising fastest in those parts of the world with the lowest economic growth. What does that mean for education, families, jobs, health and sustainability? How can Governments, civil society and international agencies work together to build a movement that will put youth interests at the heart of political debate and deliver sustainable results nationally and globally?
Further Dr.Wijetunge shared an achievement. In this Year Global Youth Service (GYSD) activities in Asia Pacific Region was coordinated by SUNFO in April 2012 and is a remarkable achievement that Sri Lanka became first in Asia Pacific Region for implementing highest number of Youth Community Service Activities and Projects for GYSD. Considering the whole world Sri Lanka became third in the globe while USA won the first place and Azerbaijan became second position.
Seven youths who led remarkable service projects for GYSD commissioned in this ceremony as “YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE AMBASSADORS” and youths who received this highest honours are:
Chathuri Priyanka de Mel
Hansaka de Silva
Lakshani de Mel
Bodhi Madhavi Galahitiyawa
Three youth serving organizations conducted best national projects were honoured at this ceremony. Those are:
Mahawila Gardens United Students Front led by Ms.Padma Colonne
Ranmali Educational Institute led by Ms.Ranmali Gunawardena
Way to Comfort Youth Ministry led by Pastor Nanda Kumara.
United Nations Secretary General issued a message for IYD -2012 in the theme of ” Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth’ Accordingly Youth of Sri Lanka prepared a banner with a reply message to United Nations Secretary General worded as “Benefit and success needs to youthfulness, can create through personality, equitable justice and universal respect.”
This message was hand written written in a “Creative Banner” and this banner signed by Youth assembled for IYD Ceremony. That will e handed over to United Nations Colombo Office to be sent to Mr.Ban Ki-moon.
SUNFO Youth Congress sending a delegation headed by Cultural Coordinator Mr.Manchanayaka to ASIAN YOUTH ASSEMBLY in Bangalore, India from 15-18 August,2012and youth of that delegation performed traditional cultural activities. A group of youngsters led by Ms.Janadari Salgado performed a cultural item by introducing world famous personalities.
Dr.Ishantha Siribaddana and Mr.Pitiyage Jayasena were awarded SUNFO Supportive Fellow Life Membership and many others as Associate Members. Jeewanashuri Ms.Ranmali Gunawrdena delivered welcome speech and Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Lalitha Srimathee Ranatunga presented the Message of UN Secretary General.
Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals Campaign, GYSD 2013 , Jawaya Social star Programme, TB Monitoring IT programe of IJTS youth were introduced at this Ceremony which attended large gathering. Ven.Velithara Amarananda Mahanayaka TheroRev.Fr.Dickson Fernnado(Director-Don Bosco),Bro.Pascol Kiny (International Youth Service), Mr.Gamini De Silva(Chairman Shakespeare Center/SG), Ms.S.A.Zain(Treasurer-SUNFO), Major Lasath Fernnado (Head, Citizens Congress),Mr.Leslin Cooray(Director-PR),Mr.Peter Perera (President Youth Welfare League), Mr.Rasika de Silva(Youth Director-Saviya Alliance),Mr.Asanka Sumanarathna(Director-Membership) and several other distinguished guests participated for this ceremony. SUNFO Youth Congress Officials Ms.Ranmali Gunawardena, Mr.Mahesh Nishshanka,Mr.Sandun Ineshka, Mr.Danushka Bandara and Mr.Hansaka de Silva played a key role in organizing this ceremony.