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UN75 Youth Plenary
Dear Participant of the UN75 Youth Plenary and ECOSOC Youth Forum,
Given recent developments related to the global public health emergency (COVID-19), and guided by the risk assessments carried out by the UN Secretariat, we have decided to postpone the convening of the Youth Plenary and the ECOSOC Youth Forum, originally scheduled to be held from 31 March – 2 April 2020 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The aforementioned meetings will be held at a later date to be announced in due course.
In light of this recent development, we kindly recommend all participants who are making their logistical and travel plans to put their processes on hold until new dates for the meetings are identified.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will be updating this space with new information and rescheduled dates as soon as they are available
SDG Generation: The Future is Now
UN75 Youth Plenary
On 14 June 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 73/299 to commemorate in 2020 the 75th anniversary of the establishment of United Nations under the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.
The resolution emphasized the need to engage young people in all commemorative activities and decided to convene a youth plenary at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, under the auspices of the President of the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session and the President of the Economic and Social Council, in conjunction with the youth forum of the Council in 2020. The Youth Plenary will be an inclusive, forward-looking, youth-driven global dialogue on the theme of the 75th anniversary of the UN.
In September 2018, the UN Secretary General launched the first ever UN Youth Strategy: Youth2030, which envisions a United Nations that not only works “for” young people but “with” young people. The youth plenary will be an opportune moment to support and amplify youth voices for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world as outlined in the priority area of the UN Youth Strategy.
- To provide a platform for young people to meaningfully engage in UN@75 discussions around the importance of global citizenship and international cooperation today, the future of multilateralism and young people’s role in shaping that
- To enhance discussion among young people on what is needed to shape a more responsive United Nations that best supports people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership in the
- To enable discussions that will contribute to deliberations with policy makers (Ministers, Government Representatives, UN Leaders) at the GA high-level event on UN@75 in
- To identify challenges and propose creative ideas for what is needed to address emerging risks, trends and opportunities for the future of
The Youth Plenary will be as a one-day event in which discussions are led and driven by young people. Young people will take the center stage throughout the day as “keynote speakers” and Member States and high-level Government officials as well as UN representatives will participate as “keynote listeners”. As such, the Youth Plenary will be held in an innovative and youth-led format and will not include a plenary debate with statements from Member States in accordance with usual practice of the Assembly.
The event will kick off with a ceremonial opening and remarks by the President of the General Assembly, followed by an interactive discussion between young people and the UN Secretary General regarding current global trends, emerging risks and the opportunities we have as a collective to bridge the gap between the future we need and the preset realities and experiences.
This opening discussion will set the stage for a dynamic day with sessions evolving around the five thematic topics inspiring global conversations on UN@75, namely:
- A New Era of Conflict and Violence
- The Climate Crisis- A Race We Can Win
- The Impact of Digital Technologies
- Inequality- Bridging the Divide
- Shifting Demographics
These sessions will be organized in various creative formats such as fireside chats, TED talk style presentations of personal stories and solutions, spoken word, poetry and other forms of creative performances led by young people, and will include key discussants such as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary.
The Youth Plenary will be concluded by a closing ceremony with remarks by the President of ECOSOC, who will highlight linkages between the UN@75 Youth Plenary and the annual two-day ECOSOC Youth Forum taking place on 1-2 April 2020, in which youth participants will have an opportunity to dive deeper into above thematic areas, reflect on how to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming ten years, and further the dialogue with high-level Government representatives and other stakeholders of the youth sector.
Up to 1500 participants including:
- Representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations, entities, movements and networks;
- Member States- Ministers, Deputy Ministers in charge of youth development, Permanent Missions in New York;
- Permanent observers of the UN General Assembly;
- UN system, including agencies, funds and programmes;
- Civil Society Organizations; including academia, foundations and private
Participants will reflect the diversity of formal and informal youth organizations and will include a balanced representation of youth from all regions and groups, such as indigenous groups and persons with disabilities.
The Youth Plenary will be convened under the auspices of the President of the General Assembly and the President of Economic and Social Council and will be co-
organized by the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth and the Department
of Economic and Social Affairs.
As per the GA Resolution (73/299) youth representatives from the Youth plenary will address the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the UN 75 anniversary on 21 September 2020, sharing a summary and outcome of the discussions. In addition, the outcome of the discussions could be shared during the HLPF on 7-16 July 2020.