The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has recently launched its new website. It includes a discussion and engagement platform on which many people can sign up for and “play a powerful role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
The UNCTAD Youth Network is an evolution from the conversations that took place at the first ever UNCTAD Youth Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2016. As such it is intended to enable youth, from all over the world, to exchange their views and experiences, launch campaigns and prepare inputs on important subjects. It will also partially involve the creation of projects, in partnership with other United Nations organisations, and other potential partners.
The UNCTAD Youth Forum was organised around the theme “Shaping the World We Want.” It served as a discussion platform so that the youth present could hear and share their ideas on education, more and better jobs and government accountability. All of these are considered to be topics that “are of great concern to the Millennials’ generation.” The intention of the Youth Network now is to build on the momentum that came from the Youth Forum and create a platform in which the youth can continue to participate, engage with one another and other stakeholders and help influence key decisions.
Anyone interested in signing up to the Youth Network has to be between the ages of 18 and 30, be interested in topics related to trade and development and be “passionate about shaping the world youth want.” By establishing the network and putting it online UNCTAD aims to engage, empower and inspire youth by enabling their voices to be heard. By signing up for, and participating in, the Youth Network UNCTAD invites you to help shape a better world.
Those who sign up to the Youth Network will be given the opportunity to voice their own views at major youth events worldwide, share these ideas and views with other youth and UNCTAD stakeholders and help build a strong network of youth who are interested in, and committed to, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals. They will also have the opportunity to share information on best practices, participate in online discussions, forums and campaigns with fellow youth and gain new knowledge and skills by partaking in programs offered by UNCTAD.
Anyone interested in the UNCTAD Youth Network and wants to sign up can do so here. You can also follow the UNCTAD Youth Network on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.