2018 Winter Youth Assembly

14-16 February 2018 • UN Headquarters, New York


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 With a global population of over 1.8 billion people, youth are the world’s greatest untapped resource, possessing the talents and ambition to overcome society’s biggest challenges.

In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda, it is imperative to engage youth as beneficiaries, stakeholders, and leaders in the global movement for inclusive and sustainable development. The 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a platform to elevate the voices of young people in international dialogues, empower youth to advocate for future generations, and mobilize youth as agents of impactful change.

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Organized on the theme of “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World,” the 21st session of the Youth Assembly is a forum to open up new pathways for cooperation and social entrepreneurship, while harnessing the creativity and energy of youth delegates for global impact. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High Level Political Forum, the conference will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15.

As current and future stewards of the planet, youth are particularly impacted by environmental degradation and climate change, which disrupt economic stability, compound gender and social inequalities, and threaten peace and security. To address these interconnected and mounting problems, young people must be equipped with the skills and tools to develop forward-thinking solutions that can have a positive impact for generations to come.

In this spirit, the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly aims to strengthen collaborative networks and foster innovation to enable youth to engage in the global sustainability movement, as well as to consider critically how cross-cutting issues can be addressed through international cooperation.

With an emphasis on building intergenerational and cross-sectoral partnerships, the conference will bring delegates from over 100 countries together in conversation with representatives from the public sector, industry, faith-based organizations, philanthropy, academia, and civil society.

In consultations with technical experts on water and sanitation, clean energy, urban development, green consumption and production, and biodiversity, Youth Assembly delegates will have the opportunity to explore these topics from new perspectives and gain insight into challenges that face the international sustainability movement.

Workshops and training sessions with activists and civil society groups will also offer delegates the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills and hone their talents in advocacy and organizing.

Convening over 1000 young leaders from around the world, the conference will highlight the importance of innovation, civic engagement, and collaborative partnerships to push forward local and global movements to achieve the 2030 Agenda and to create impact together for a better world.

As an outcome, executive summaries and recommendations of the focal discussions will be put forward following the conference and will be made publicly available to all participants and relevant stakeholders.

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