29 January 2018

ECOSOC Youth Forum: a discussion for and by young people

29 January 2018 – The seventh annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum is taking place from 30 to 31 January 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. More than 500 youth advocates from around the world will meet with government ministers and officials to discuss how young people can advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Recognizing young people as partners in the policymaking process, the Forum, held every year, allows them share their experience and propose solutions regarding pressing global issues. The main topics of debate will be how youth can help make cities inclusive and safe (SDG 11) and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12). The two-day event offers an opportunity for youth representatives to engage with Member States to discuss policy frameworks as well as promote innovative approaches and initiatives for advancing youth development.

The participants will take part in brainstorming sessions, interactive speaker panels and discussions with Member States. Among others, speakers include Miroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly, Marie Chatardová, President of ECOSOC and Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.

In addition to live webcasts of the plenary sessions taking place in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, the SDG Media Zone—a live broadcast of interviews and discussions—will amplify youth voices and spur action on the SDGs, highlighting a range of issues from youth employment and education to clean energy, safe cities and sustainable consumption. People not present in New York can share their questions and ideas by using the hashtags #Youth2030 and #SDGLive on social media to ask questions that may be brought offline and asked to panelists live.

Find out more about the programme and the complete list of speakers of the ECOSOC Youth Forum here