17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue: Adoption of declaration on solving juvenile delinquency

The 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, held from the 9th to the 13th of July 2017 at the MITC Hotel in Melaka (Malaysia), was organised by the World Assembly of Youth in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Melaka State Government, the Asian Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Malaysian Youth Council.

In this context, the issue of finding solutions to prevent juvenile delinquency was tackled at an international level, bringing together over 160 young people and youth leaders from 43 countries.

After thorough deliberations through paper presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and field trips, the participants put together the declaration of this 17th MIYD, titled ‘Our Roles in Solving Juvenile Delinquency’.

This important outcome document is addressed to all stakeholders in order to prevent and address both juvenile violence and delinquent behaviours. The participants of the 17th MIYD recognised the importance of empowering and equipping the young people with the right knowledge, skills and proper attitude required to counter youth violence and juvenile delinquency, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4, 16, and 17.

The participants also recommended that they, young people, should be at the forefront of a universal transformation, through taking actions and encouraging their peers to face adulthood as responsible and proactive citizens.