YABT will participate in the United Nations Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC

Washington DC, January 27TH, 2016 - Luis Viguria, YABT CEO will moderate the  Breakout Session on  key regional priorities for youth development focused on Latin America and the Caribbean during the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum, to be held on 31 January 2017 from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Conference Room D at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This panel is co-organized by UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin American and Caribbean Youth Forum, Ibero-American Youth Organization, Young Americas Business Trust, Caribbean Regional Youth Council, UNDP, UNFPA, and UNV.

“To be effective, global action must rely on strong mobilization at the regional level. The regional breakout sessions will address development needs that are specific to regional contexts and consider how best to articulate action at that level in support of global objectives”.

“The active participation of young people is key to ensure sustainable decisions and inclusive policy-making processes. In an effort to incorporate youth, the Organization of American States (OAS) has opened an official space for their participation towards the Summit of the Americas. Since 2005, young people from all the OAS Member States have the opportunity to transmit their opinions regarding the Summit of the Americas theme and priorities, provide recommendations, express their needs, and present their actions, particularly through innovative solutions developed by young entrepreneurs” Mr Viguria said.

The Economic and Social Council Youth Forum 2017 on the theme “The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world”will take place on30-31 January 2017 at theTrusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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.

Participants will include Ministers, including Ministers of youth, high-level representatives of national youth institutions, UN Youth Advocates such as National Youth Councils or Institutes, representatives from the Permanent Missions of Member States to the UN in New York, youth delegates, representatives from the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, youth representatives from CSOs or youth-led/youth-organizations and movements as well as representatives of regional and other multilateral organizations. Other participants will include the UN System, academia, business sector, media and NGOs with consultative status with ECOSOC. The Forum will also reflect diversity of youth organizations, include balanced representation of youth from developed and developing countries and ensure representation of youth from rural communities, indigenous groups and people with disability, both men and women.

The meeting will be webcast and participants will be able to pose questions via social media through Facebook and Twitter.

About the Young Americas Business Trust

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a non-profit international organization, founded in 1999, which works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports the objectives of OAS and the mandates of the Summit of the Americas to develop and execute programs and activities that promote the entrepreneurship spirit and leadership of youth in the Americas, fighting against poverty and creating more opportunities for young people. Join the action: www.yabt.net