YABT's Executive Director at UN ECOSOC Youth Forum Panel

New York, February 3, 2015 –"It has been inspiring to witness youth delegates work and commit to harnessing their role in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We need to make sure that global indicators to be presented in March include components relevant to youth" promoted Valeria Lorena, Executive Director of the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) in her participation in the Economic and Social Forum of the Youth Council 2016 (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) carried out in New York on February 1st and 2nd.

In the plenary session about the promotion of partnerships that involve youth in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Lorena referenced the work developed by YABT in the promotion and support of young entrepreneurs and young leaders. “For 10 years we have facilitated channels of youth participation in the Summit of the Americas and the General Assemblies of the Organization of American States (OAS). It is crucial to provide platforms to listen to the voice of young people in the implementation of development programs, but it is equally important to permit the environments to have success with their own initiatives, actions and solutions at the national level.”

The Economic and Social Forum of the Youth Council brought together hundreds of young delegates of the United Nations from all around the world to design a strategy, so that youth take action in the application of the 2030 Agenda. For two days they discussed the actions related to the Sustainable Development Goals, good practices and engagement proposals.

The opening of the event was delivered by Mr. Oh Joon, President of ECOSOC who was accompanied by Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization and Ahmad Alhendawi the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. It is noted the participation of Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer of the United Nations Foundation and Dan Price, entrepreneur, Founder and Executive President of Gravity Payments, among others.

Entrepreneurship, youth employment, education, climate change, poverty and inequality, health, gender equality, peacemaking, were some of the topic addressed by the youths as priorities of the 2030 Agenda. They concluded that the course of action should be to promote and take action, later to be monitored. In all these stages the youth pledged to do their part and to replicate at a national level what was laid down by the global action campaign.

The United Nations campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals, formally known as the United Nations Campaign for the Millennium Goals is a special initiative led by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. It was established to empower and inspire people around the world to take action to support their governments in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, which were agreed on and adopted in September 2015 by all Member States of the UN. 

Since the launch of the campaign the YABT has developed diverse promotion activities through distinct programs. From the Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas that promotes the development of innovations that have social impact and sustainable development proposals. Also reported was the Network of Youths of the Americas Forum and was established as a proposal to be included in the Youth Dialogue to be developed in the next General Assembly of the OAS in the month of June in the Dominican Republic. 

YOUTH FORUM PRESIDENT STATEMENT

http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/president/statement_2016/youth_forum-presidential_statement_2016.pdf