ECOSOC Youth Forum

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The ECOSOC Youth Forum, which was launched in 2012, provides an annual platform for youth to engage in dialogue with Member States on a range of issues of interest to them. Since 2012, the Forum has become a space where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. Past Youth Fora have discussed youth employment, science, technology and innovation and the post 2015 development agenda. Regional and global level Youth Fora have also fed into the ECOSOC Youth Forum. The ECOSOC Youth Forum brings young leaders from around the world to the UN Headquarters in New York. It is a platform for youth to engage in dialogue with Member States and contribute to policy formulation on economic and social aspects. The two-day event features brainstorming sessions, interactive speaker panels and discussions with Member States, providing youth representatives with an opportunity to voice their opinions, share ideas, and think together about specific issues of relevance to youth as well as the broader role of young women and men in enabling and promoting sustainable development. Youth Forum events have taken place in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 with a summary document produced.

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