How to use science, technology & innovation to facilitate youth engagement, development & resilience

The IDEATHON, a breakout session of the 7th ECOSOC Youth Forum, will provide a platform for representatives of youth organizations, Member States, civil society and the UN system to come together and develop innovative ideas on how to appropriately use science, technology and innovation to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The IDEATHON will look at the potential of science, technology and innovation to promote: a) Youth engagement; b) Youth development; and c) Resilience.

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International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations system entity


  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
  • United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY)

Sustainable Development Goals & targets


The IDEATHON will look at the potential of science, technology and innovation to promote: a) Youth engagement: Youth engagement in policy design, implementation and review The UN has set up a number of processes and fora on science, technology and innovation including the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum) and the Commission on Science, Technology and Development (CSTD). This group will discuss youth engagement in science, technology and innovation and related institutional, regulatory and policy environments. b) Youth development: The world of work is undergoing rapid and profound change. Technological innovation, automation and artificial intelligence, among others, are redefining jobs and the skills needed to perform them. At the same time, the digital transformation holds enormous promise to address the youth employment challenge affecting two out of every five young women and men across the world, who are either unemployed or working but living in poverty. c) Resilience: Conflict disrupts every aspect of life and creates additional barriers for young people who are already disproportionately affected by unemployment and low quality jobs, and who may be pushed to engage in jobs that are informal, irregular, or even harmful. Investing in youth employment in fragile and conflict situations is therefore a priority for advancing societies towards peaceful and inclusive development.

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