Realizing the Future They Want

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With the aim to bring the voice of youth into the discussion on addressing the challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals and shaping the future development agenda, the Forum featured five working sessions where youth representatives had an opportunity to listen to and engage in an interactive discussion.


The primary participants were youth delegates, representatives from the Children and Youth Major Group, youth representatives from Member States, including from National Youth Councils, representatives of regional youth organizations as well as youth-led and youth focused organizations and networks, including those in consultative status with ECOSOC. The meeting was available through webcast and participants were actively involved in social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Official Meeting

The meeting featured various interactive dialogue sessions (Programme). A series of side events, organized by Member States and the United Nations system during these two days, offered an opportunity for the youth representatives to engage with each other on the important challenges that they face.

Youth definitionThe United Nations 2013 World Youth ReportWith ECOSOC on Facebook, Twitter,  RSS and YouTube
Youth employmentAdolescence: beyond the stereotypesVoices of Youth
Armed conflictReport of the Secretary General on Policies and Programmes involving youthOpportunities for youth participation
Youth and climate changeYouth in the UN: UN inter-agency Network on Youth Development Booklet   
Youth and financial inclusionSocial Inclusion of Youth with Mental Health Conditions 
Culture and youth developmentBuilding a Better Tomorrow: The voices of young people with disabilities   
HIV and young peopleProposed set of indicators for the World Programme of Action for Youth 
Girls and young womenImplementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth 
Youth and hungerYouth Participation in Development 
Youth participationAccess the UN Youth Library 
Youth political participation and decision-making  
Youth and intergenerational partnerships  
Youth as a smart investment  
Health of young people  
Youth and volunteerism  
Youth fostering dialogue and mutual understanding  
Youth with disabilities  
Youth and education  
Youth and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  
Youth and comprehensive sexuality education  
Youth and migration  
Regional overview: Youth in Africa  
Regional overview: Youth in the Arab Region  
Regional overview: Youth in Asia and the Pacific  
Regional overview: Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean