2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum


Apply to attend the ECOSOC Youth Forum at the UN Headquarters in New York

This year the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum will take place 8-9 April in New York, at the UN Headquarters. We hope that you will join the preparatory process and that some of you will also be attending in person! We plan to host a Youth Blast on the 7th of April and a Strategy Meeting on the 10th of April. Please take this into account while making your travel arrangements.

What is the ECOSOC Youth Forum?

The ECOSOC Youth Forum is an annual initiative of the President of the Council. It has evolved into a key platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. More info here – Click Me. It gathers hundreds of young people from around the world engaged in intergovernmental policy processes. The 8th Annual Forum will be take place under the theme of ‘Youth: Empowered, Included and Equal’, with specific focus on the SDGs under review at the 2019 High Level Political Forum: 4 (education), 8 (decent jobs), 10 (reducing inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace), as well as the various means of implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Are you interested in attending?
The ECOSOC Youth Forum’s attendance is by invitation only. Given the UN MGCY’s role as the General-Assembly mandated, official, and self-organized space for facilitating meaningful engagement of young people in various intergovernmental and allied processes related to sustainable development, we would like to provide all youth-led or youth-or-child serving entities, as well as individual young people (via Children Youth International), an opportunity to participate in the forum.

To express interest in attending the forum please fill out this forum – LINK

Note that there is NO financial support available from the UN or UN MGCY for the Youth Forum. We encourage you to fill out the forum only if you think you will be available and able to attend the forum. For those not able to join, we will look to engage you remotely through online discussions and live web streaming of the forum.

Would you like to be considerate for a keynote speech to share experiences of youth-led action (requires coordination with the UN MGCY constituency)?
Speakers / Facilitation for the ECOSOC Youth Forum opening plenary, opening panel, thematic breakouts, regional breakouts as well as closing, are currently under discussion and selection. In order to be a speaker, you need to be fluent in English and have relevant knowledge / experience. Relevant knowledge do this year relate to the goals under review, as well as the theme of the ECOSOC Youth Forum. There are also need of facilitators with regional representation.

If you wish to express your interest to speak please indicate that in the rel="noopener noreferrer" attendance form above (LINK).

Are you interested in joining an Organizing Committee to contribute to the planning process?

UN MGCY will create a small organising committee of UN MGCY members and the Organising Partners and GFPs who together will facilitate and carry out preparations as well as coordination during the forum. Please apply to rel="noopener noreferrer" be part of the OC by filling out this form, LINK. More information available in the form. Please note that there is no funding to OC members.


Do you want to host a side event?

Lastly, if your organisation or you are interested in hosting a side event/roundtable please let us know what topic you are interested in and that has relevance for the Youth Forum. so we can do the connection.

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