Youth Forum to explore youth role in sustainable development agenda

Youth leaders to explore expanding role of youth in promoting and implementing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Youth Forum in New York, 1-2 February 2016

Over 800 youth leaders from around the world will gather at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum to examine the role of young people in implementing, communicating and realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The ECOSOC Youth Forum is a platform for youth to engage UN Member States in a dialogue aimed at expanding their contribution to policy formulation on global economic, social and environmental issues. The 5th Forum, entitled “Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda,” will explore ways in which young people can play hand-in-hand an active role in building a more sustainable future.

In addition, the Forum will feature the launch of the “Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth”, the first-ever UN system-wide response to the global youth employment crisis. Led by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the initiative aims to facilitate increased impact and expanded country-level action on decent jobs for youth through multi-stakeholder partnerships, the dissemination of evidence-based policies and the scaling up of effective and innovative interventions, and will be a cornerstone for implementing Sustainable Development Goal 8 on “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.

The two-day event will feature brainstorming sessions, interactive panels and discussions with Member States. Participants will focus on key areas, including: education; youth employment and entrepreneurship; climate change; poverty, inequalities and youth empowerment in urban areas; health; peaceful and inclusive societies; and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, while identifying regional priorities for youth development.

The Forum will showcase innovative partnerships among youth organizations, the UN system, countries, civil society, the private sector and academia to advance sustainable development. The Forum will also address how young people can best communicate on the common goals, bringing on board the innovative and dynamic use of social media, both globally and locally.

Participants will include Ministers of Youth, representatives from the Permanent Missions of Member States, youth delegates, representatives from the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, and youth representatives from civil society and youth-led organizations.

The Forum programme, list of speakers and supporting documents are available at:

What:  The 5th ECOSOC Youth Forum on the theme: “Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda”

Speakers at the opening sessions:

  • Oh Joon, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
  • Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
  • Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Samar Mezghanni, writer and activist

When:   1-2 February 2016

Where:  Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, or live through

Virtual participants will be able to pose questions or share their contributions via social media through:


Twitter: @UNECOSOC

Hashtag: #YOUTH2030


Available for interviews:

  • Oh Joon, President of ECOSOC and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
  • Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Monica Singh, youth representative from India: Ms. Singh suffered an acid attack several years ago and is an advocate on the prevention of gender based violence and runs a foundation together with her father which focuses on acid attacks.
  • Matilda Fleming, youth representative from Netherland: Ms. Fleming is the leading coordinator of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders and carried out a lot of advocacy work for the adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security.


Press Briefing:

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, and Mr. Navid Hanif, Director of Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will brief journalists in the Press Briefing Room (S-237) in New York Headquarters, following the Spokesperson’s Noon Briefing at 12 pm EST, Friday, 29 January. Live through


Media contacts:

UN Department of Public Information

Sok-Min Seo, T: +1 (212) 963-1841 | E:

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Paul Simon, T: +1 (917) 367-5027 | E:

2018-04-22T12:01:32+00:0028 Jan 2016|News, Press material, Sustainable Development Agenda, Youth|