Realizing the Future They Want

UN Photo/Evan Schneider


With the aim to bring the voice of youth into the discussion on addressing the challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals and shaping the future development agenda, the Forum featured five working sessions where youth representatives had an opportunity to listen to and engage in an interactive discussion.


The primary participants were youth delegates, representatives from the Children and Youth Major Group, youth representatives from Member States, including from National Youth Councils, representatives of regional youth organizations as well as youth-led and youth focused organizations and networks, including those in consultative status with ECOSOC. The meeting was available through webcast and participants were actively involved in social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Official Meeting

The meeting featured various interactive dialogue sessions (Programme). A series of side events, organized by Member States and the United Nations system during these two days, offered an opportunity for the youth representatives to engage with each other on the important challenges that they face.

Understand Research Connect
Youth definition The United Nations 2013 World Youth Report With ECOSOC on Facebook, Twitter,  RSS and YouTube
Youth employment Adolescence: beyond the stereotypes Voices of Youth
Armed conflict Report of the Secretary General on Policies and Programmes involving youth Opportunities for youth participation
Youth and climate change Youth in the UN: UN inter-agency Network on Youth Development Booklet    

Youth and financial inclusion

Social Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions  
Culture and youth development Building a Better Tomorrow: The voices of young people with disabilities    
HIV and young people Proposed set of indicators for the World Programme of Action for Youth  
Girls and young women Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth  
Youth and hunger Youth Participation in Development  
Youth participation Access the UN Youth Library  
Youth political participation and decision-making    
Youth and intergenerational partnerships    
Youth as a smart investment    
Health of young people    
Youth and volunteerism    
Youth fostering dialogue and mutual understanding    
Youth with disabilities    
Youth and education    
Youth and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)    
Youth and comprehensive sexuality education    
Youth and migration    
Regional overview: Youth in Africa    
Regional overview: Youth in the Arab Region    
Regional overview: Youth in Asia and the Pacific    
Regional overview: Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean