2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to take place on 8-9 April 2019 will provide a platform for young leaders from around the world to engage in a dialogue among themselves and with United Nations Member States and to share ideas for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement. It will create space for young people to share their vision and elaborate their substantive contributions to United Nations upcoming meetings, including the 2019 ECOSOC Substantive Session, and the 2019 high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF).  

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  • Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY)
  • United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD)
  • United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY)


The ECOSOC Youth Forum is a platform where young people can exchange ideas and develop recommendations on issues of importance to them, engaging in dialogue with Member States as well as regional and global actors.  Within the theme of “Empowered, Included and Equal” the ECOSOC Youth Forum seeks to provide a forum for discussion on the importance of young people and formulate recommendations to advance the youth development agenda for potential inclusion in key processes and frameworks such as the Climate Summit; facilitate active engagement of youth in the discussion of the theme of the 2019 ECOSOC substantive session and the HLPF and the six SDGs to be reviewed; present the United Nations Youth Strategy; and provide a platform for representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks and others to engage Member States and UN officials (including the President of the General Assembly).

The two-day event will feature plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally-based discussions, and provide an opportunity for a rich exchange of views and ideas on innovative solutions to issues of relevance to young people on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth will be organising a session and side event on Decent Jobs for Youth at the Forum.

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