SEPTEMBER 10th - 17 th 2007 IN UNITED KINGDOM AND SEPTEMBER 21th - 28th 2007 IN DAKAR SENEGAL WEST AFRICA.
We are inviting youths, members of civil society and
representatives from Governments and Non-Governmental organizations to explore
this sites of our International conference on Youths and Violence/War on
Terror: Youth Violence/ War on Terrorism in Violent Times taking place at The Westin Westminster Hotel and Conference
Center, conventional and banqueting hall in
Westminster, United Kingdom and the International conference on political,social,economical problems facing
in Africa and War affected Children to learn more about the complex issues
surrounding This following – and see what national and international
actions are being taken to address the issues.
Why hold a conference?
In the past decade alone, wars have claimed the lives of
over two million children, and have left another five million physically
disabled. More than 10 million children continue to be traumatized by the
violence they witnessed or in which they participated. During conflict and
often in the post-conflict period, children lose access to basic social
services such as health care and education. Many end up in refugee camps.
Others are forcibly recruited into armies, or join them voluntarily - in fact
there are currently about 300 000 child soldiers participating in conflicts
around the world. Millions become orphans, and older children are left to look
after their younger siblings. A disproportionate number of children, especially
boys, are injured by land mines; girls run a risk of being sexually exploited.
Participant in international agreements to protect children, the most important
of which is the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. The
Convention recognizes a range of rights related to children and child
protection, and calls upon countries to honor their obligations to uphold these
rights. The Convention is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the
world, with all but two countries. WORLD YOUTH ORGANISATION is a signatory to
and a leading having ratified it. To make further progress on these commitments,
WORLD YOUTH ORGANISATION in conjuction with lots of other benevolent sponsors
are hosting the International
Conference on political, social, economical problems and War-affected Children
in London on the 10th – 17th day of September 2007 and in Dakar-Senegal on the 21th-28th day of September 2007.The conference the
first international gathering of its kind—builds on the growing international
momentum emerging from recent inter-governmental, Non-governmental and regional
meetings, resolutions and declarations on various aspects of the issue of
political,social,economical problems and War-affected children. The Dakar
conference is being co-hosted by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Janeiro Ferreira
and Madam Victoria Vasco Da Gama,
Minister of social affairs.
What are the objectives of the Conferences?
The objectives of the Conferences includes:
Getting young people involved in discussions and decision-making on the
issue of Political stability and also War-affected children and Leadership;
Reviewing the progress
made to date in protecting the world from War.
approaches to dealing with the dilemmas facing Curses of Coup there in Africa and
identifying gaps in knowledge, policy, and practice to better support for
Committing to an
international agenda for War-affected children that includes principles to
guide the international community's actions, and that identifies priorities for
immediate and longer-term action.
Who is participating?
The conferences will bring together a diverse mix of
delegates, including Ministers and representatives of War-affected countries
and interested governments, United Nations agencies, International
organizations, Youths, Researchers, Civil Society and Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs), and the Private Sectors.
FOR INVITED DELEGATES:
Prepared by the Conferences
Secretariat and secretariat for the World Youth Annual Anniversary.
The conference on Youth and Violence/ War
on terror will commence on 10thSeptember through 17th 2007
While the International Conference on political, social, economical problems faced by Africans and War
Affected Children (ICOWAC) will commence on 21th September through 28th July 2007 In Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, West Africa.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE: All
participants will receive program schedule for both event by post before the
date of the event.
Participants can also request for program
schedule at the entrance of both events.
VENUES: Venue for World
Youth and Violence/War on Terror conference
The Westin Westminster Conference Center, conventional and banqueting
hall in Westminster, United Kingdom.
Venue for ICOWAC 2007 will be held at Place Independence
Dakar, Dakar Senegal.
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Kennedy Morgan. Jordan (Chair).
David Nelson. Bernard, Rob Dennis. Collins,
Hung J. Lee, Jefferson Simon,
Carlos ,Mary Smith Rosalyn Walkman.
PUBLIC ADDRESS SPEECH MAKERS:
Katerina Williams, Anna Smith,Hilda Horward,Tania Peters,Lindsay
Thompson,Jessica Mitchelle,Hilda Horward,John Woodball,Charles Davidson
and Edwin Hills.
COMMITTEE FOR THE WORLD YOUTH
CONFERENCE 2007 – UNITED KINGDOM / DAKAR-SENEGAL.
Dr. Jonathan Smith (chairman -organizing committee)
Bobby Johnson, Carolina Dickson
Tina Brownson, Sandra Benny hill
Mr. Linda Joes Cowan, Ms Joyce Baker
Mrs.Cynthia Roberts (secretary - organizing committee -LONDON)
ORGANISING COMMITTEE—DAKAR SENEGAL
Tony Jefferson (Chairman organizing committee 2007)
Dr. Janeiro Ferreira (secretary organizing committee 2007)
Madam Alice son Edward Eagar
Mr. James Hawks (Adviser to the committee)
RESPONSIBILITY FOR ARRANGEMENTS
The Conference Organizers are responsible
for all conference arrangements, including meeting facilities and rooms, hotel
accommodations only in London,
security, communications, hospitality, protocol, delegate services, and all
other administrative support.Participants are to cater for
their Hotel reservation accommodations in Dakar-Senegal.
and Invited Delegates Only: Correspondence
and enquiries on arrangements, please contact the secretary of the organization
in the United Kingdom. Contact person:
Mrs. Cynthia Roberts.
For information on making your
groups Hotel Reservation Accommodations in Dakar Senegal, Please contact the
managements of the two selected Hotels in Dakar Senegal.
De Meradieno Hotel
Pointe des Almadies
Tel: 00221-574-1781 Fax: 00221-800-3030.
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ENTRY AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS
must be in possession of valid Travel documents for entry into United Kingdom
and Dakar Senegal. In order to
facilitate visa issuance, delegates requiring visas should send the seven Basic
requirement to the secretary of the Organisation; Mrs.Cynthia Roberts before
the Deadline for all entries which is on the 31th day of August 2007
by 12:00 Noon GMT.
The organising committee will render visa
assistance to all participants requiring entry visas to the United Kingdom
pending if the visiting applicants/Groups have sent all the requirements their with the confirmation receipt of their Hotel Reservation in Dakar Senegal West Africa as evidence to prove
that participants will proceed to Dakar -Senegal after the event in the United
Kingdom. In this case, All participants are advised to book for their Hotel
Reservation for the conference on political, social, economical problems, War
Affected Children taking place in Dakar Senegal West Africa.We will process
your group’s visas from the United Kingdom Bureau of Immigrant Affairs by the
special influence of top United Kingdom officials who have all fought to see
the reality of this events. We shall fax to you the confirmation of your visas
and a copy to the consular section at the British Embassy in your country or
the nearest British Embassy to your country. You will only appear at the
embassy for the issuance of the visa seals in your passports. You must appear
at the Embassy with the correct information forwarded to us during the
processing of your documents.
ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES AND TRANSPORTATION
Delegates will be met on
arrival in Dakar and United Kingdom and escorted to their assigned hotels.
Buses will be available for transport to conference hotels.
FLIGHT TICKET GRANTS
Our independent donors have also made
available sponsorship for participant’s flights tickets routing from
participant’s home country to the United Kingdom, from United Kingdom to Dakar
Senegal and from Dakar Senegal to
Participants home countries. The organizing committee will render visa
assistance to all participants requiring the United Kingdom Visa. All
participants will receive the all round tickets at the airline sales office in
their country. Although Dakar is served by some international flights, many
delegates arriving in United Kingdom and Dakar Senegal from abroad will be
required to complete customs and immigration formalities at the initial point
of entry. Delegate transportation back to International Airport at the end of
the conference will be provided by the Secretariat.
SPECIAL INFORMATION:- At the end of the Youth
and Violence/War on Terror conference in the United Kingdom, all participants
will head for the ICOWAC 2007 to be in Dakar Senegal. Participants will be
taken to the airport to continue their trip to Dakar Senegal.
Delegates attending the
seven days “Youth and Violence/War on Terror conference” will be accommodated
in the two selected hotels in the United Kingdom. Accommodation has been arranged in groups for all invited groups.
The conference organizers in Dakar
Senegal have selected cheaper accommodations rates. Arrangements for the
booking of rooms in Dakar Senegal are direct communication with the hotel
management. Participants will need to contact the Hotel Management for more
informations on making Room Reservation with one of the two selected Hotels in
(PARTICIPATION OF DELEGATES (BY GROUP
Participation is only by
official recommendation. Only a group will be allowed to participate from a
country and the group should consist of only three persons Minimum OR Six
All groups must pre-register by e-mail to
the Organizers in the United Kingdom, names and passport numbers of the
participants . When e-mailing their pre-registration, they should include their
Individual e-mail address of the group, and telephone numbers.
Please returns by e-mail all the
requirements and confirmation receipt of hotel reservation through this
All delegates will be issued photo
identification badges that must be shown for access to both conference venues.
This will be mailed to only fully registered delegates.
SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION AND WORKING
interpretation will be provided in English Language, French,
Spanish,Italian,Portuguese,Japanese,Korean and Chinese.
TELEPHONE AND FAX SERVICES
dialing is available in all hotel guest rooms, with charges added to the
guest's account. Calling cards for international telephone calls are available
for sale at a number of convenience and other shops and drug stores. During the
events, telephone and fax services will also be available at the Delegates
DELEGATES BUSINESS CENTRE
A number of services
will be available to delegates at the Delegates' Business Center, located at
the various meeting locations. These services will include: photocopying,
faxing, e-mail, Internet access, message drop-off and pick-up, and changes to
MEDICAL CARE AND HEALTH SERVICES
A nursing station will
be available to delegates during meeting hours.
Delegates may wish to check with their
local health offices for specific recommendations. Delegates are responsible
for paying their own emergency medical, surgical, dental and hospital expenses
while in Dakar and in the US to medical staff at time of treatment.
Dakar Senegal is a
former French colony using Francs CFA with
the French former colonies in West Africa. The current exchange rate currently
varies all the time as the US Dollars keep on devaluating. The U.S. currency is
accepted in Dakar establishments, however it is recommended that you exchange
your currency at a bank or financial institution, or use a banking machine, to
obtain the best exchange rate.
Message from The WORLD YOUTH
AFFTECTED CHILDREN - THERE HOPE IS OUR
Of all the tools at our disposal to
promote the security of people, none offers greater potential than the one you
are using right now. Yet, for all of its promise, this powerful medium has not
been used to its fullest. We are only at the beginning of the curve in
determining the potential of this new tool. As we see the explosion in dot.com
enterprises, e-commerce and integrated networks that is driving the private
sector, we need an equivalent burst to serve the public good - to advance the
welfare and safety of individuals. For none is that need greater than for
children who are put at extreme risk by war and conflict every day. In too many
places and in too many instances children have been forced from their homes,
separated from their families, made to act as human shields, stripped of their
identities and callously killed. Whether in the streets of Freetown or in the
Bosnian countryside, children have rarely been so vulnerable. The International
Conference is an attempt to address this crisis by putting children first. In
Dakar , Dakar-Senegal young people will have a voice along with those of us in
government and civil society. And that voice will be heard like never before by
means of this technology. Our record as an international community has been
mixed: often failure to respond in time, with adequate will and with sufficient
resources to end the suffering of young people. Dakar will be an important
venue to examine why that is and to explore new ways of acting and building the
necessary capacity and will so that we do not repeat the failures of the past.
Tomorrow’s international security depends on our efforts today at finding
solutions to the cultures of violence and impunity that endanger children's
lives and jeopardize their future. I hope that we come away from this
conference having sustained the hope of the many millions who have lost all in
conflict that an international community does exist that is willing to hold up
the basic dignity of humankind. And that the legacy of Dakar will be to have
begun to make safe a world of opportunity and promise for all children.
Honorable Dr Wilfred Jonathan
World Youth National Superintendent.
A Message from the WORLD YOUTH
Program Administrator 2007.
The theme of these conference displays
the aim for the International Conference on Political,Social,Economical,
War-Affected Children. The first message is loud and clear that these children
are victims. Victims of violence, war, and cruelty, they have been stripped of
security and safety. Although peace may eventually come, these children will be
permanently scarred from their experiences. But this conference will send out
an even more powerful message of hope that these children are emerging from
turmoil towards a brighter future where they will be given the tools they need
to take control of their lives. From our experience working with war-affected
children, we have seen that they can become peace builders and act as agents of
change within their communities. They can chart a future for themselves by
overcoming the violence that has marked their lives so far. To this end, Dakar
Senegal is taking a leadership role by encouraging world leaders and
governments to do more to not only protect those children embroiled in
conflict, but also to help those who have survived the violence and are trying
to build new lives. During this conference in Dakar, I will be encouraging my
international colleagues to adopt several specific approaches in their
programming, including an increased emphasis on education and health-care
facilities, to ensure these children have every advantage available to help
them rebuild their young lives. I invite all Senegalise and international
colleagues to take a few moments to read the information on this conference
site. With your engagement and your support, we can make a difference.
World Youth Programa
Administrador, África Zonal office, Dakar-Senegal
We look forward to welcoming you to the both events.
Special Thanks to
for our sponsorship.