Since 2012, the annual Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), has become 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.
On January 31st Every Women Every Child in partnership with the Office of the President of the General Assembly hosted Youth Marketplace on Social Innovations for Health & Wellbeing; moderated by Ms. Trisha Shetty—UN SDG Young Leader and Founder & CEO, SheSays.
H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, gave the opening remarks followed by an insightful and inspiring discussion from youth innovators – Christen Brandt of She’s the First, Natasha Puri of emp(a)t(h)y, Alpha Sennon of WHYFARM and Ashley Ngwenya of ACT!2015. The youth leaders were welcomed to pitch their work and ideas on how to improve health and wellbeing.
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly: http://webtv.un.org/search/peter-thomson-general-assembly-president-on-youth-marketplace-on-social-innovations-for-health-and-wellbeing-2017-ecosoc-youth-forum-/5305026160001
Watch the webcast: http://webtv.un.org/search/into-the-zone-youth-marketplace-on-social-innovations-for-health-and-wellbeing-%E2%80%93-implementing-the-sustainable-development-goals-the-transformative-power-of-meaningful-youth-engagement/5305219305001
Follow the Youth Leaders and find out how you can get involved: @TrishaBShetty @cjbrandt @natashapuri14 @WHYFarmit @ACT2015global