ECOSOC Youth Forum 2023 - UNDP sessions

April 20, 2023
Event Details

25 - 27 April 2023


New York City, USA

The Youth Forum will address the theme of ECOSOC and the 2023 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) - “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease – COVID-19 – and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda at all levels”. It will also review progress in the areas of Sustainable Development Goals— clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation, and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), and partnerships for the goals (SDG 17).

UNDP will engage in the Forum in high-level events, ministerial meetings and side events with multiple partners to support youth centered dialogue, youth leadership and knowledge sharing. 

Here’s the complete list of UNDP’s engagement at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2023. 


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ECOSOC Youth Forum – Plenary Youth as Pivotal Agents of Positive Change for COVID-19 Recovery & SDG Implementation 

25 – APR 

Time: 9:00 – 10:15am 

Trusteeship Council – UN HQ 

Registration link: UN Web TV  UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner will engage in an interactive dialogue with five young leaders during the official opening of the 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
ECOSOC Youth Forum, Parallel Regional Breakout Sessions - Asia and the Pacific

26 - APR

09:00 - 10:30am

Registration link: UN Web TVBuilding on the outcomes of the 2023 Asia‐Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) Youth Forum and the Regional Dialogue on Youth Empowerment in Climate Action, the discussion will highlight the role of young people and young professionals in championing resilience‐building. Will present key recommendations for effective intergenerational, intersectional, and gender‐inclusive partnerships to accelerate COVID‐19 recovery and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  
ECOSOC Youth Forum, Parallel Regional Breakout Sessions - Arab States Region

26 - APR

09:00 - 10:30am

Registration link: UN Web TVBuilding on the outcome of previous events, the ECOSOC Youth Forum Arab States session will dive deeper into elements and constitute a continuity to what has been said before, including enabling environments, needed community shifts, required skills for a new post‐pandemic labour market and other aspects that concern youth
ECOSOC Youth Forum, Parallel Regional Breakout Sessions - Africa

26 - APR

09:00 - 10:30am

Registration link: UN Web TVThe 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum Africa Regional Breakout Session aims to provide young leaders with an opportunity to engage on how they can concretely contribute to and benefit from an inclusive implementation of the AfCFTA and the achievement of the SDGs. The session will in particular seek to propose practical solutions to addressing the high youth unemployment rate in Africa by promoting innovations and youth entrepreneurship, intra-Africa labour mobility, and trade. It also aims to influence policy formulation at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
ECOSOC Youth Forum, Parallel Regional Breakout Sessions - Latin America

26 - APR

10:45 - 12:15pm

Registration link: UN Web TVThis session aims to provide space for young people of the LAC region to express their recommendations, insights, and expertise on pressing needs and issues, especially those related to SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11, and 17.   It will also. showcase the youth engagement processes in preparation for the sixth meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development and the ECOSOC Youth Forum LAC Regional Table with the 2023 HLPF theme “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels".
Side event, UNDP - Youth Institutional Strengthening to promote peace and development processes in Latin America and the Caribbean 

26 – APR 

Time: 1:00 -3:00pm 

UNDP HQ, Amartya Sen Room 

Registration link: Webinar and in-personWithin the framework of SDG17 Partnerships, strengthening synergies with civil society organizations, public entities, national and subnational governments, and youth networks, as partners to advance youth institutional strengthening in Latin-America and the Caribbean will be the focus of the side event. 
Side event, Youth as Drivers of the Green and Just Transition: Delivering meaningful youth engagement and Leadership on SDG 7 & 9

26 - APR

01:30 2:30pm

Registration link: hereClean energy (SDG 7) and resilient infrastructure (SDG 9) will be at the center of the discussions in the upcoming High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In this event, youth participants will discuss how their engagement is central to delivering a strong commitment to these SDGs. 
Side event, Harnessing the Power of Youth Climate Action for SDGs at COP28 – UNDP and UAE Mission 

26 – APR 

Time: 1:30 -3:00pm 

UAE Permanent Mission 

Registration link:  

The session will explore how youth continue to take climate action after COVID-19 and in the lead-up to COP28, including green recovery opportunities. It will discuss engaging young people in decision-making and negotiations. The importance of youth-led climate action for achieving all the SDGs will be explored, along with the critical role of partnerships in helping youth engage in climate action with development partners, country representatives, and young climate leaders. 
ECOSOC Youth Forum, PLENARY YOUTH2030: Achieving the SDGs With and For Youth 

27 – APR 

Time: 09:00 -11:00am 

Trusteeship Council, UN HQ 

Watch here: UN Web TV In September 2022, Youth2030, the UN Youth Strategy, completed four years of implementation across the UN system. With seven years left to reach the 2030 goals, the Youth2030 session will be a strategic moment for reflection for young people, Member States, and other stakeholders to understand how the UN system has taken the strategy forward, to learn lessons from the initial implementation experience and to make course corrections. It is also a critical moment to consider the changing external and internal contexts, adapt the Strategy and leverage opportunities to accelerate its implementation to 2030. 
Side event, What Works to Amplify the Rights and Voices of Youth in Peace Resilience Building? 

27 - APR

1:00 - 2:00pm

Registration link: here.A new report, ‘What works to amplify the rights and voices of youth in peace and resilience building?’ aims to guide future programming in this area, and accelerate the implementation of the United Nations Youth Strategy. The event will utilize the lessons to trigger a global discussion to enhance youth engagement in peace and resilience building and advocate for increased opportunities for youth in accountability processes. UNDP will participate in the discussions during the event. 
ECOSOC Youth Forum, PLENARY: Youth & the SDGs – aspirations and recommendations by youth in the lead-up to the SDG Summit. Organized by UNDP and UNFPA.  

27 – APR 

Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm 

Trusteeship Council, UN HQ 

Watch here: UN Web TV This multi-stakeholder plenary session will be an opportunity to highlight and discuss key priorities and recommendations by youth, as expressed as part of the global consultation process on Youth & the SDGs, led by UN and external partners in the lead-up to the ECOSOC Youth Forum. This moderated conversation and the insights paper summarizing the consultation will be a key input to the upcoming SDG Summit, ensuring a focus on youth empowerment and leadership and young people's contribution to the 2030 Agenda and vision for the future. 
Generation 17 Meet & Greet

28 - APR

12:00 - 01:00pm


Registration link: here.Young Generation17 leaders will meet at UNDP Headquarters to discuss the youth participation in the implementation of the 17 SDGs and their involvement in local actions.