What Works in Youth Investment Programmes: Harnessing Joint Efforts to Achieve the SDGs

This event is a side event of the Lisboa+21. It is co-organized by the Office of the Secretary-General's Youth Envoy, UNFPA and ILO under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth to offer a platform for governments, youth delegates and youth organizations, the UN and partners to exchange views and experiences to catalyze accelerated action on youth empowerment, education and employment towards the SDGs.



United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations system entity


  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY)


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for a transformative change for a resilient and sustainable future. Today, there are many more young people between ages 10 to 24 than at any other time in human history, and they represent the potential that can bring about such change. The 1.8 billion population of young people is a source of hope and creativity that will make the ambition of the SDGs a reality. Sustainable development can only be achieved when all people, including young women and young men enjoy dignity and rights to expand their capabilities, secure their health and rights, find decent work and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

The objectives of this side event are:

  • To share experiences and examples of investing in and engaging young people in sustainable development, in particular partnering with youth from disadvantaged communities;
  • To discuss how to unlock the potentials of young people and harness the demographic dividend, and how the partnership with the UN, under Youth2030, can accelerate actions globally.

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