The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum took place from 25 to 27 April 2023 in a hybrid format.
The Forum provided a platform for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States and other actors to voice their views, concerns and galvanize actions on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Youth Forum addressed the theme of ECOSOC and the 2023 UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) on “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at levels”. It also reviewed progress in the areas of clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), and partnerships for the goals (SDG17).
The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum was convened by the President of ECOSOC and co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, in collaboration with the United Nations Inter Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), and co-convened by the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO), with technical inputs from youth-led and youth-focused organizations relevant to the theme of the forum.
Youth leaders from around the world had the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.
The AYC together with United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly co-organised the Africa Regional Break out session on the 26th of April 2023.
The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum Africa Regional Breakout Session aims to provide young leaders with an
opportunity to engage on how they can concretely contribute to and benefit from an inclusive
implementation of the AfCFTA and the achievement of the SDGs. The session sought to
propose practical solutions to addressing the high youth unemployment rate in Africa by promoting
innovations and youth entrepreneurship, intra-Africa labour mobility and trade. It also aims to
influence policy formulation at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable
The Meeting Report can be assessed HERE
Download the meeting concept note HERE
Watch the recorded Video HERE