Monday, May 19, 2008

Sri Lanka Youth Meeting FDC

Sri Lanka FDC
Name: 7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting - 2008
Issue date: 26 April 2008

The 7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (CYMM) hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka will be held from 27th to 30th April 2008 in Colombo. The Theme of the meeting is "Youth and Peace Building". 54 Delegations are expected to attend the CYMM representing 51 full members, 2 self Governing Territories plus the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and Conference Secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Most of the Delegations will be led by the Ministers-in charge of Youth Affairs or the Deputy Ministers or Permanent Secretaries. Anticipated attendance of the meeting is 250-300 including the Sri Lanka Delegation, the Commonwealth Secretariat team and possible observer organizations.

The Meeting is expected to:

  • Enable the Ministers to debate on emerging issues related to youth development in particular the linkages between peace building, social development and transformation.

  • Provide a policy direction for the Commonwealth Youth Programme and Youth Development over period from 2008-2012.

The Opening Ceremony of the meeting will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in the afternoon of 27th April 2008 under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President and Hon. Rathnasiri Wickramanayake, the Prime Minister respectively of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour. Plenary Sessions of the Meeting will be held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo from 28th to 30th April 2008.

This stamp depicts a young man and woman attired in the traditional dress depicting the culture, and youth and is framed in the Commonwealth Logo releasing a pigeon of peace.

Comment: Sri Lank Post is very strange, their post offices don't work at weekend, but they issued this set on 26th April (Saturday), and processed this FDC on 28th April (Monday).

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