Youth Leadership Programme

November 21, 2021


In partnership with King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity "Mawhiba", UNDP Saudi Arabia is thrilled to announce the seventh edition of the Youth Leadership Programme for the year 2021 (YLP7).


Generalized training has been delivered ranging from the introduction of training in the Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality to Social Innovation. Design Thinking has been used as a methodology to support the youth to create solutions to problems, they are most passionate about. These past two years have demonstrated the creativity, agility, and eagerness of Saudi youth to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the region as partners. With less than a decade left to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, youth must be empowered partners.

 YLP is a Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) launched in 2015 aiming to build the region's most dynamic network working at the intersection of youth, innovation, and sustainable development. YLP has run six successful cycles. YLP participants have launched and established successful small businesses, won municipality elections, received recognition and awards for their innovative solutions, and presented their ideas at global platforms like the ECOSOC Youth Forum within the UN Headquarters in New York.

And as the Arab region is home to the youngest population in the world, with over 100 million youth between the ages of 15 and 29 - these young men and women have the potential to drive significant change and promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

YLP7 Regional Forum

Every year, the YLP ends with a regional forum where successful youth participants travel to a hosting Arab country. But due to covid-19 the YLP reginal forum will be in virtual manner. Nevertheless, YLP participants will get to meet youth from all around the Arab region, share knowledge, learn from each other’s ideas, and network with other young people, regional social innovation experts and policy leaders, and international development organizations

Our nominated participants in the regional forum 2021 are: