ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018


Date: 30-31 January 2018
Location: New York

The “Youth & Innovation: Future Proofing Development” regional breakout session, organized as part of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum provides an opportunity for youth living in the Arab Region to share their experiences and initiatives as well as make concrete recommendations to the Forum on the implementation of the SDGs.

In this regard, the Regional Breakout Session for Arab States will explore the importance of policies and other youth related concerns in creating an enabling environment and mechanisms for youth participation in the SDGs.

The Session will provide a platform for the youth from the Arab region and partners to discuss:

● Youth’s role in achieving SDGs and to showcase the solutions or products that they may have developed including through the YLP programme, Visualize 2030, the Taqeem Initiative and Innovation for Development and through their own means.

● Policies and strategies enabling/or not, youth’s participation and inclusion in achieving the SDGs.

● Challenges and priorities facing the region, youth empowerment and inclusion, SDG achievements, and social change initiatives.

The session will be coordinated by UNDP Arab States, IYCS and ILO-IFAD Taqeem partnership.

12 Selected youth from Youth Leadership Programme 3 will be participating in this event.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum provides a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and to discuss the policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalised approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development.

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