Youth Declaration Survey


The leaders of the world’s Least Developed Countries are coming together to shape a new action plan to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all in LDCs. This will have an impact on the lives of millions of young people and it is their right to have a say and share their ideas, hopes and commitments. The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), facilitated by the United Nations, are coordinating the creation of a Youth Declaration to represent the vision and initiative of as many young people as possible in the world’s 46 Least Developed Countries. 

This Youth Declaration aims at ensuring young people are engaged in the LDC5 decision-making process, that the new Programme of Action for LDCs addresses the development needs of young people in LDCs in the face of emerging challenges, and to empower youth in furthering progress towards targets and goals of the next Programme of Action.  

The Youth Declaration resulting from this series of consultations will be used as an advocacy document to influence the negotiations processes of the 5th United Nations’ Conference on the Least Developed Countries, and will be adopted and handed over to world leaders at the LDC5 conference in January 2022.

Why are we doing this? 

  • To listen to representative and disaggregated sample sizes of young people in all their diversity across 46 LDCs; 
  • To provide the LDC5 Youth Engagement Group with the ingredients from which the LDC5 Youth Declaration shall be drafted; 
  • To identify youth speakers in LDC5 meetings; 
  • To establish a network of young people in 46 LDCs who will implement, review, and follow up on the outcomes of the LDC5 Conference. 


What is the timeline for consultations?

Consultation will be open until 31 October 2021.


Who can participate?

Young people between the ages of 15 and 29 from any of the 46 countries below: 


Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Dem. Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zambia


Ok, I want to host a consultation session! What’s the Plan?  

The consultation process for the LDC5 Youth Declaration aims to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, involving LDC youth from all backgrounds and contexts. Thus, young people can participate either as an individual by proving ideas and proposals on the topics under consultation or, by hosting and participating in a consultation session with other young people. If you are an individual, informal group of young people or an organization who wants to host a consultation we invite to follow these steps:  

  • Step 1
    Set a place and a date (online or in person) and invite young people (15-29 years old) from your organization, your country or your region to participate. The consultation should take place up to October 15st.  
  • Step 2
    Select 1 or 2 people to facilitate the session, this will help to get better results.  
  • Step 3
    On the day of the consultation, invite young people to answer the guiding questions. In here you can find a suggested Session Plan of two hours to guide you. Adapt it according to the number of young people you are consulting and the conditions you have available.  
  • Step 4
    Gather the outputs from your session and submit them in the online form below. You can also download the reporting form HERE and send it to



Who can I contact if I have questions or need support?  

Mwinji Nachinga   
Representative of MGCY   

Helderyse Rendall   
Policy Adviser   

Nicholas Ceolin   
Public Information Officer