From August 23 to 27, 2010, thousands of people came from approximately one hundred countries attended the 2010 World Youth Conference. The event provided a forum for dialogue on the role that future generations will play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).The Conference was held in the city of León, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
The objective of this meeting was to identify action priorities for young people. These priorities will be incorporated in the international development program in 2015. These priorities, which were announced in a declaration, will be presented in September 2010 at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Stéphanie Vallée, Member for Gatineau and legislative assistant to the Premier, and Alfred Pilon, Chief Executive Officer of the Office Québec-Amériques pour la Jeunesse (OQAJ), attended the Conference. The OQAJ also made it possible for young adults from Québec to participate and hold workshops and round tables as part of the global interactive forum at the Conference.
World Youth Conference
The Conference was an initiative of the Mexican government. It also received support from the United Nations system and other multilateral organizations. Some of the 11 central themes discussed at the event included: