ECOSOC Youth Forum to Discuss COVID-19 and SDGs

Over 1,000 young leaders from around the world are meeting in New York for this year’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum where they are expected to discuss COVID-19 recovery and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.

The meeting which is scheduled to take place from today to 25 April 2023 is the first in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement released by the United Nations Department of Communication says that “this year’s forum will galvanize the talents of young people to address the key solutions needed for a fairer, greener and more resilient future for all.

“Youth movements around the globe have brought to the world’s attention the importance of listening and working with young people to tackle the various crises we’re facing today.

“Despite being uniquely vulnerable to the long-term impacts of COVID-19, young people have repeatedly shown resilience and demonstrated that they are crucial players in shaping a more sustainable world.”

Young people across the world use the Forum to express their opinions, engage with member states and key stakholders and showcase the contributions they can make to achieve the youth-specific SDG targets.

“The Youth Forum comes at a pivotal moment for all of us,” said H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC.

“We are at the midpoint of our commitment to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda in seven years…What we need is immediate, bold and transformative action to reverse course and redirect our energy on accelerating the SDG implementation for and with young people”.

The ECOSOC Youth Forum is convened by the President of ECOSOC and co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, and co-convened by the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO).

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