Advancing Young People’s Meaningful Participation and Engagement in Forced Displacement Contexts

Co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, ILO, UNICEF and UNHCR, the side event will aim to:

  • Raise awareness among youth globally on the challenges faced by young refugees, IDPs and youth from host communities.
  • Spotlight partnerships with refugee youth and refugee youth-led initiatives bringing about positive change in their communities despite the challenges.
  • Share innovative approaches and partnerships in advancing young people’s engagement and meaningful participation in forced displacement contexts.
  • Engage in an interactive dialogue between young people, especially young refugees, and stakeholders working with and for youth, including governments, international organizations, NGOs and youth-led organizations, on how we can effectively promote meaningful youth engagement in forced displacement contexts.

Online registration


International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations system entity


  • Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Sustainable Development Goals & targets



13:30- 13:40

Welcome and Introduction 

13:40- 13:50

Interaction with audience: Why do you think it is particularly important to meaningfully engage young people in forced displacement contexts?


Moderated panel discussion –


Tentative panelists:

1)    Ambassador Jurriaan Middelhoff, Ambassador for Youth, Education and Employment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

2)    Milagros Lazo Castro, Youth Employment and Participation Officer, ILO

3)    Priya Marwah, Global Lead, Adolescent Development and Participation, UNICEF

4)    Max Verdult, Youth Advisor, UNHCR

5)    Sileshi Umer, Vice-chairperson, Youth Network Committee, Ethiopia

6)    Young representative from the Global Refugee Youth Network


Q & A session


Spotlight partnerships with refugee youth/refugee youth-led initiative:1


Spotlight partnerships with refugee youth/refugee youth-led initiative:2

14:40- 14:55

Q & A session

14:55 -15:00

Closing remarks


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