The purpose of the Q&A: Strengthening Solidarity with The World's Young People will be to:
- Provide a platform for the world's young people to engage with the UN's leadership by asking their questions on the role of youth in COVID-19 recovery, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Our Common Agenda report, and more. The questions will be gathered through a social media activation organized ahead of the ECOSOC Youth Forum.
- Highlight the UN's commitment to strengthening solidarity with the world's young people, which is at the heart of Our Common Agenda report, and promote meaningful, diverse, and effective youth engagement and dialogue from the highest levels of the UN's leadership and decision-making.
- Allow a broad number of young people worldwide and in all their diversity to ask their questions on a variety of topics connected to COVID-19 response and recovery, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Our Common Agenda report, and more. A special focus will be given to elevating the voices of young people from marginalized and vulnerable groups.
- Create a space for leveraging the creativity, experiences and expertise of young people with the influence and political power of UN leadership.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held on 19 and 20 April 2022. The two-day event will feature plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally based discussions. Young people are encouraged to share best practices, lessons learned, solutions as well as creative and innovative ideas with Member States, other youth and stakeholders on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and also on the sustainable development goals under review in the Economic and Social Council and the High-level Political Forum in 2022.
The 2022 ECOSOC Youth Forum is convened by the President of ECOSOC and co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), and co-convened by the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO), with technical input from youth organizations relevant to the theme of the forum.
Youth leaders from around the world will have the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector. They will contribute to the review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and to shaping policy recommendations at the HLPF and other Intergovernmental fora, such as the UN Transforming Education Summit, the UN Ocean Conference, the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum, among others.