The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is inviting YOUNGO – the official youth constituency at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other youth organizations – to join the ECOSOC Youth Forum that will be held virtually on 7 and 8 April 2021. Upon registering, applicants will be contacted by the end of March 2021 for updates on the event.
About the Youth Forum
The ECOSOC Youth Forum provides young people with a platform to connect and converse with Member States and other young leaders around the world to discuss possible solutions to the challenges affecting youth-wellbeing. The Forum will provide a unique space for young people to share their vision and actions on the implementation of the global goals identified in the 2030 agenda.
Consideration will also be given to the group of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) decided by Member States for in-depth discussions at the 2021 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), specifically SDGs 1: No poverty, SDG 2: Zero hunger, SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption, SDG 13: Climate action, SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.
The discussion in the Forum will be guided by the overall theme for the ECOSOC HLPF on sustainable development which is “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, that promotes the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery of sustainable development”.
The Forum is organized by the UN Department of Economic Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), and International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) along with the assistance of the partners in the UN system.
The 2030 Agenda and road safety
Last year, the United Nations declared the years 2021-2030 as the new Decade of Action for Road Safety. Under the decade of action, road traffic crashes are reported to be a major public health threat, claiming over 1.3 million lives every year and injuring 20 to 50 million more. Young people are the most affected by road traffic crashes with a large portion of victims are aged 15 to 29 years old.
With young people being the most affected, it makes sense that they should be involved meaningfully in all stages of the decision-making process in local and global road safety efforts through participation. The Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety unites young people and maximizes their impact on road safety and sustainable mobility in their communities. The Coalition amplifies youth voices all over the world to support them in their work, projects, and initiatives.
Through the Coalition and the Forum, youth voices, ideas, and perspectives will be elevated in the international platform. Get the chance to raise awareness on road safety and other development issues by participating in the global movement.
Deadline to apply is 17th March 2021.