UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC and SOCIAL COUNCIL
Within the UN system, ECOSOC has the main responsibility for following up on all major past international conferences linked to the three pillars of sustainable development, and will continue to do this alongside the implementation of the sustainable development goals. As a hub for the exchange of knowledge and mutual learning, it had an instrumental role in examining lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals, assessed the transition into the post-2015 agenda, and currently consider the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. ECOSOC also explores the scope of a renewed global partnership and invites youth to share their views on their future.
“You have the talent, energy and ideals to prevent conflicts, defend human rights, secure peace and realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
— UN Secretary-General António Guterres
ECOSOC President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava addresses the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
ECOSOC YOUTH FORUM :At Youth Forum, UN calls on young people to help realize a better future for all
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, held on 30-31 January 2017, provided a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems. It also addressed the concept of “shared prosperity”, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The forum brought youth leaders from around the world to the UN Headquarters in New York. It gave them the opportunity to engage with policy-makers and other youth delegates and representatives.
This two-day event featured interactive dialogues among representatives from youth organizations, high-level and other keynote speakers. A number of sessions were held on aspects of the themes for the Economic and Social Council and the High-level Political Forum and space was created for regional perspective
Important ECOSOC forums for exchanges around sustainable development comprise:
• High-Level Political Forum
• Development Cooperation Forum, including reviews of global trends
• Annual Ministerial Review, including its national voluntary presentations on development strategies that have proven effective
• Financing for Development Forum, involving leading financial and trade organizations
• Integration Segment, with specific focus on the three pillars of sustainable development
• Operational Activities for Development Segment, on adapting the UN funds and programmes to post-2015
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes the Youth Forum in collaboration with the Office of the Youth Envoy of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Inter-agency Network on Youth Development.
UNIC Colombo congratulates Ms.Dakshitha Wickremarathne, Member, UN MGCY- Commonwealth Youth Council for her participation at the forum.
More details: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/