From World Bank

 16 June 2016- From June 13-15, the Global Youth Forum 2016 gathered more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum was designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address both opportunities and  challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

With the world’s 1.8 billion young people, it is critical the global community interact more with you to address and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Bank Group’s twin goals, and peace and stability around the world.

This Forum addressed topics of fundamental importance to young people in the process of development, including the building blocks of education, health, and employment; the context-setting issues such as climate change, migration, and technology; and the areas where policymakers are most concerned with young people: voice, governance, peace, and violence.

The Forum also encouraged and built upon the active participation of young change agents. Each plenary session included the voices and views of young people, and elicited new ideas from young social entrepreneurs, global influencers and activists. Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, gave the keynote speech on the third day of the Global Youth Forum on the topic of youth in development as agents of change. The Envoy spoke about the need to change the narrative around youth and development to allow a space for creativity and innovative ideas.

Ahmad Alhendawi also announced a new initiative, the Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, which looks to recognize an annual “class” of 17 young leaders who are making a change in the world. Nominations for the young leaders are now open until July 15 here.

The Global Youth Forum 2016 has aimed to move the youth agenda forward by building a sustainable Global Partnership for Youth in Development, comprising entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations who understand that young people are central to the development process. This Partnership will be the source for evidence, diagnostic and analytical tools for effective program design, and cutting-edge research required to understand how to overcome the enormously complex constraints and problems facing young people today.