Youth Unemployment and the New International Economic Order

Report of the Second Meeting of Young Commonwealth Leaders: Colombo, 3–8 May 1979

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This is the report of the second Meeting of Young Commonwealth Leaders, which was held in Colombo, 3-8 May 1979. Young Ministers, parliamentarians, Government officials, trade unionists, and community leaders discussed the extent of youth employment and the major impediment this caused on the road to national development. They recognised the overbearing constraints imposed on national development by the present international economic order.

As well as the opening remarks and speeches from the Meeting, this publication also includes the Ministers’ Final Statement on desirable Commonwealth measures against youth unemployment and their call for reform in present international economic conditions.



Speech By The Hon. R. Premadasa, M.P. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Mr Assistant Secretary-General, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have looked forward to this opportunity of being with you here this morning to share with you some thoughts on one of the most critical issues facing mankind today - that of establishing a New International Economic Order based on peace and social justice, and the contribution you, as Young Leaders of the Commonwealth could make towards achieving this objective.


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