A month or so ago I was selected by the British Youth Council, Department for International Development, and the Foreign and Commonwealth office to represent the UK as a National Delegate at the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
My role is to represent the views of young people in the UK and ensure their best interests are streamlined into the output document.
The main themes of the conference are that of the Millennium Development Goals and I am personally going to focus on youth development, realising peace, reconciliation and violence and youth rights. The position of the UK is that we want to learn from others methods of best practice as well as engage with LEDC's specifically in the global south in order to start projects.
In the run up to the conference we have ran consultation with young people, NGOs and experts in their field. This has assured our judgement in line with the DFID, BYC and FCO.
I have also been communicating with delegates through social media and look forward to making comparisons with New Zealand in regards to our consultation.
If you have any questions or want to get engaged with the conference please tweet @JKSimonds with the hashtag #WCY2014