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.



Vote of Thanks Hon. K. Musokotwane Minister of Youth & Sports, Zambia

We are here in Sri Lanka, a young developing country with all the potential for further development in all spheres and more particularly in the direction of enhancing the role of young men in changing the destiny of their own country. Testament to this is the presence today among us of the convenor of the conference of young people under the Chairmanship of the youngest of the young ministers here. Perhaps Cmrd. Chairman, on the subject matter of my vote of thanks I should like to thank on behalf of all my colleagues and delegates from the Commonwealth the Government and the people of Sri Lanka for the wonderful hospitality accorded to us since we arrived in their country.


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