Around the world today, many young people find themselves to be among those being left behind either because they are working for a low wage, or underemployed or unemployed. So how can the potential for a new generation of young people be unlocked? This is where the Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) comes in.
The sixth-annual ECOSOC Youth Forum, being held from 30 to 31 January 2017, will allow representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks to initiate a dialogue with Member States. The sessions will feature SDG Youth Advocates, YouTubers and social media influencers and participants. It will also include Ministers, UN Youth Advocates, and representatives from the Permanent Missions to the UN, youth delegates and many more.
The ultimate goal of the event is to explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement in a globalized society, facing many challenges.
One of these is youth unemployment. As more jobs continue to be lost to automation, and as wages remain stagnant or decrease, the international community is also witnessing a trend towards more widespread nationalism and isolation. The Forum therefore takes place at a critical time in history, as the world is struggling to respond to the negative effects of globalization.
“You meet at a critical time for your future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the 2016 Youth Assembly. “Our objectives are ambitious but simple: a life of dignity, security and opportunity for all. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a tapestry of priorities for collective action for people, planet, prosperity, partnership and peace.”
The Forum will also reflect the diversity of youth organizations. This includes balanced representation of youth from developed and developing countries, as well as ensuring representation from the rural, indigenous and the disabled community.
“To harness the power of young people, however, we must recognize the role of young people and their organizations, and encourage them to take action across all areas crucial for the implementation of the Agenda, including in politics, business, academia and civil society,” said ECOSOC President, Ambassador Frederick Shava, at the 9th International Young Leaders Assembly. “Our institutions must reflect the diversity of our constituencies”.
The meeting will be webcast and participants will be encouraged to share questions via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Youth2030.
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