The annual Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. The Forum allows representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks, youth advocates and others to dialogue with Member States, and to explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement.

The SDG Media Zone will join the sixth ECOSOC Youth Forum on January 30 – 31 in New York to broadcast live dynamic discussions and interviews featuring SDG Youth Advocates, YouTubers and social media influencers. Each day #SDGLive will engage the online global audience on how to address the Sustainable Development Goals together.

The SDG Media Zone is powered by a partnership between the Office of the United Nations Envoy on Youth, the United Nations Foundation and PVBLIC Foundation.


9:00am - 9:30am

Achieving the SDGs: Harnessing the Power of Youth

Moderator: Mr. Andy Rabens, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State

H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st UN General Assembly

Ms. Trisha Shetty, CEO of SheSays India and Young Leader for the SDGs

Navid Hanif, Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination

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9:45am - 10:15am

Africa’s Youth in the Realization of the SDGs

Moderator: Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad

Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement

Elvis Eze, Commonwealth Youth Health Network

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10:30am - 11:00am

Youth 4 Peace: How Young People Promote Peace & Security

Moderator: Ms. Cecile Mazzacurati, PBSO

Mr George Batah, Co-Founder, Syrian Youth Empowerment

Mr. Juan Carlos Reyes, Minister of Youth of Colombia, Director Colombia Joven

Martine Kessy Ekomo-SoignetFounder and National Coordinator chez URU/Peacebuilding Expert for PeaceDirect

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11:15am - 11:45am

One for All - Campaign Engagement

Moderator: Johanna Skilling, EVP, Director of Planning, US Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Mr. Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Co-Founder & Chairman, PVBLIC Foundation

Mr. Jason Harris, CEO & President, Mekanism

Will Kennedy, Senior Programme Officer, UNOP

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12:00pm - 12:30pm

Together Campaign

Moderator: Mr. Damien Cardona, United Nations Information Centre UNIC Dakar Director

Ms Lama Ranjous, WHS Member, Arab Youth Climate Network, UN MGCY

Ms. Amira Khallouf, Founder, Syrian Social Innovators, UN MGCY

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12:45pm - 1:15pm

Not Too Young To Run - Youth in Elected Office

Moderator: Ms. Paddy Torsney, Permanent Observer of Inter-Parliamentary Union to the United Nations

Ms. Rania Elwani, Egyptian Parliament Member

Mr. Saeed Al Remeithi, UAE Federal National Council member

Mr Raphael Igbokwe, House of Representatives, Nigeria

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1:15pm - 1:45pm

Youth and Inequalities

Moderator: Mr. Andreas Karsten, Youth Policy Labs

Ms. Natalia Kanem, Deputy Executive Director - Programme, UNFPA

Ms. Nikki Fraser, National Youth Representative, Native Women’s Association of Canada and Young Leader for the SDGs

Ms. Hayley Gleeson, Coordinator of ACT 2015 Global at IPPF Global

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9:00am - 9:30am

2016 Key highlights for Youth

Moderator: Ms. Shannon O'Shea, Agenda 2030 Partnerships Manager and Team Leader, UNICEF

Ms. Rania Elwany, 134th International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly

Ms. Isabelle Tibi, 7th UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum Youth Event

Ms. Regine Guevara, World Humanitarian Summit’s Youth Forum

Ms. Saskia Schellekens, UN Forum on Human Rights, Democracy & Rule of Law

Mr. Hirotaka Koike or Jonas Freist-Held, Habitat III Children and Youth Assembly

Mr. Omar Hernandez Arauz, UNCTAD 14 Youth Forum

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9:00am - 10:00am

Live stream: Youth Marketplace on Social Innovations for Health & Wellbeing

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Transformative Power of Meaningful Youth Engagement

An interactive event at the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum by the Office of the President of the General Assembly in partnership with Every Woman Every Child

Event: CR-6 – UN Headquarters | Live stream: SDG Media Zone

Join the conversation on social media via #EWECYouth

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10:00am - 10:30am

In conversation: the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Moderator: Ms. Carolina Medina,, Co-Founder, Agruppa, and Young Leader for the SDGs

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

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10:30am - 11:00am

Achieving Goal 14: The Power of Youth to Save the Oceans

Moderator: Mr. Dan Thomas, Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly

Mr. Darlington Tshuma, UNICEF Youth Climate Mappers

Lea D'Ariol, OCEANIC

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12:00pm - 12:30pm

Mobilizing for the Goals - Youth in the Lead

Moderator: Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in the Depeartment of Economic and Social Affairs

Ms. Trisha Shetty, CEO SheSays India and Young Leader for the SDGs

Ms. Nicole Perez, US Youth Obervatory for the UN

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1:15pm - 2:00pm

Achieving Goal 2: The Role of Youth in Promoting Food Security and Zero Hunger

Moderator: Ms. Mary Kate Costello, The Hunger Project

Ms. Carolina Medina, Co-Founder of Agruppa and Young Leader for the SDGs

Mr. Alpha Sennon, Founder, WhyFarm

Ms. Kanchan Amatya, Founder, Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative

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2:00pm - 2:30pm

Creating Decent Jobs for Youth

Moderator: Mr. Niels Caszo, President, AIESEC

Mr. Werner Fraymann, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth Unemployment

Mr. Christopher Eigeland, UN Youth Delegate, Australia

Ms. Lucy Marie Richardson, Consultant at UNDP

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2:45pm -3:15pm

Youth-led Innovation for the Goals

Moderator: Ms. Gina Lucarelli, Knowledge and Innovation Team

Mr. James Powell, U-Report Global Lead, UNICEF Youth Representative (WAGGGS)

Ms. Jiwon Park, Global Poverty Initiative, MIT

Omnia Safie Gawdat, Youth Leadership Programme

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3:30pm - 4:00pm

Young People Leading the Way in Ibero-America (Conducted in Spanish)

Moderator: Mr. Max Trejo, Secretary-General, OIJ

Mr. José Ricardo Sánchez Mena, Vice-Minister of Youth, Costa Rica

Ms. Andrea Lizarzaburu, Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecuador

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4:15pm - 4:45pm

Achieving Goal 9: Youth Leadership in Innovation, Industry and Sustainable Infrastructure

Moderator: Mr. Matteo Landi, Industrial Development and Youth Entrepreneurship Expert, UNIDO

Ms. Tere Gonzalez, President, Liter of Light Mexico and Young Leader for the SDGs

Rozemarijn ter Horst, Consultant in Water Governance and Development

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Ahmed Alhendawi

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Alpha Sennon

Founder of WhyFarm

Andrea Lizarzaburu

Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecuador

Andreas Karsten

Youth Policy Labs

Andy Rabens

Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues,U.S. Department of State

Carolina Medina

Co-Founder of Agruppa and Young Leader for the SDGs

Cecile Mazzacurati

Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security -United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) & Peacebuilding Support Office

Christopher Eigeland

UN Youth Delegate, Australia



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