Cagayan de Oro City (26 August) — Congresswoman Aliah Dimaporo of the 2nd district of Lanao del Norte was chosen to represent the Asian region in the Opening Ceremony of the World Youth Parliamentary Forum in Mexico City, a component of the World Youth Conference alongside select officials of the United Nations and legislators representing other regions of the world.
Dimaporo was invited by the Federal House of Congress of the United Mexican States to deliver an opening message on Asian youth and to give a presentation on Health to over 50 legislators from around the world.
One of the youngest in Philippine Congress, Dimaporo affirms that the youth is "Asia’s greatest asset and the improvement of the region begins in maximizing and developing human capital."
She reports that young Asians are stepping forward in recognizing their important role in society as the primary agents of change and culture, and provides examples, one of which she boasts, "in my country, the Philippines, young people are represented in the policy making level. Including myself, there are six members of Congress under the age of 30, four of which are young women and two are young men."
Incidentally, Dimaporo is also the youngest legislator participating as guest and resource speaker in Mexico City.
On August 26, Dimaporo delivered a presentation in the Working Group on Health and a legislative reflection on the improvement of health for young people, where she emphasized the need for universal health coverage and efficient delivery of services that include development of infrastructure, an improvement on existing facilities and adequate human resources.
The World Youth Parliamentary Forum in Mexico City, held from August 24 to 27, 2010, gathers members from national Congresses around the world to generate legislative recommendations and to identify youth priorities at the international level.
This is one of three components of the World Youth Conference, the other two being a Government-led Forum and NGO-led Forum.
The final output of the conference is a Declaration on Youth, which will be presented in the United Nations General Assembly this September, 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City. (PIO Lanao del Norte)
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