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Youth and Sustainable Development: Quick Guide

Youth at the United Nations

The 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum took place at the UN Headquarters in New York on on 8-9 April 2019. 

The forum brings together youth leaders from around the world, giving them an opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector on issues that affect them. The two-days high level event concludes with ideas on innovation, collective action and proposes solutions to global problems.

Previous Sessions and Themes

  • 2018:  The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities- #YOUTH2030
  • 2017: The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world - #YOUTH2030.
  • 2016: Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda
  • 2015: Transitioning from MDGs to SDGs: Engaging Youth
  • 2014: Realizing the Future They Want
  • 2013: Shaping tomorrow's innovators: Leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture for today's youth
  • 2012: Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Better Job Opportunities

Reports of the UN Secretary-General on youth.

UN Youth Milestones

Statistical Resources

Thematic SDGs

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More information

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This guide is intended to provide delegates and UN Secretariat Staff with selected content from both UN and non-UN sources. It references third-party web sites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.

Access to electronic Resources

Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters. Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.

Security Council Meeting: Youth, Peace and Security.

Books & Reports

UN Resources


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