Leveraging on OSGEY’s expertise in convening meaningful global conversations and mobilizing young people from around the world, OSGEY hopes to give the opportunity for partners to take part in the global collective effort to empower the world’s largest generation through innovation.

The #YouthLead Innovation Festival which will take place on August 12-13, 2021, the International Youth Day, is a celebration of innovative youth-led solutions for the achievement of the SDGs and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Festival is a strategic and timely approach to drive our world to a solutions-oriented future through youth-led innovation as it brings together young innovators and solutions makers together with United Nations offices, policymakers and industry leaders.  The event present opportunities for multistakeholder dialogue and collaboration for the use of innovation and technology to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and support the COVID19 Recovery agenda.

The Festival also aims to address the fact that despite the growth of digital technology and innovation, many young innovators from the vulnerable and marginalized community are still left behind. Gender equality and the Leaving No One Behind principle are at the heart of our work as well as this celebration for International Youth Day, therefore the Festival aims to provide  space and platform to highlight great innovative work of young women, LGBTQI youth, indigenous youth, migrants, refugees, and stateless youth, and young people with disabilities as well as the innovative work that aims to support them.


Health and Wellbeing

Schedule: August, 12 from 8.30 – 9.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY and Global Youth Mobilization Team (WOSM, YMCA, YWCA, WAGGGS, IFRC, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award)

Climate Action and Biodiversity

Schedule: August, 12 from 9.30 – 10.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY, IUCN, UN Joint SDG Fund, and Adaptation Fund

Economic Empowerment and Employment

Schedule: August, 12 from 10.30 – 11.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY, GenU, S4YE and Decent Jobs for Youth

Digital Technology

Schedule: August, 13 from 8.30 – 9.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY, ITU, and Twitter

Food Security

Schedule: August, 13 from 9.30 – 10.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY, UN Food System Summit, FAO/World Food Forum, and Thought for Food


Schedule: August, 13 from 10.30 – 11.30 AM (EDT)

Co-organizers: OSGEY, UNESCO, UNGEI, Transform Education