The SDG Media Zone will report from the Economic and Social Council Youth Forum on January 30th and 31st at the United Nations Headquarters. With a live broadcast of interviews and panel discussions the SDG Media Zone will engage and allow young people as well as journalists and social media influencers around the world to join the important conversations happening at Forum. It will be an opportunity for young people to speak up about the future they want and how they can lead the development agenda.
Representatives of the approximately 1.2 billion young people (15 to 24-year-olds) in the world today—the largest generation of young people the world has ever seen—are gathering at the UN at the end of January to share their vision for a world where youth everywhere can reach their full potential. With young people facing a future full of uncertainties due to conflicts, economic variability, climate change, and rising inequalities, it is important that the international community sees young people as agents of change and places them at the centre of the global development process. The 2018 UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum will act as a platform for youth representatives to highlight opportunities, raise concerns and discuss how they are taking action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities, countries and globally.
Pedro Robledo (National Under-Secretary-General of Youth, Argentina), Max Trejo (Secretary-General, OIJ), José Ricardo Sánchez Mena (Vice-Minister of Youth, Costa Rica) and Andrea Lizarzaburu (Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecuador) at the SDG Media Zone ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017.
“Youth are crucial to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and providing a platform for their voices to be heard encourages them to be engaged and take action towards this agenda,” shares Kerry Bannigan, SDG Media Zone Executive Producer. “They are active changemakers in their communities and play a key in communicating from a grass roots level and beyond.”
The SDG Media Zone is organized by the UN Department of Public Information, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Office of The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Foundation and the Pvblic Foundation. Supporting partners of the SDG Media Zone: ECOSOC Youth Forum include Dr Iyabo Ojikutu, ARANYANI and El Voyage.
For more information and videos from earlier SDG Media Zones at the UN Headquarters, please visit: un.org/sdgmediazone. Join the conversation online via #SDGLive.