Unlock the Future

A high-level event on youth priorities.

When it come to issues and solutions that affect the future of our world, do you think enough is being done to listen to young people? How can the world come together to listen to young people’s voices, respond to their demands, and work with them to shape their own futures?

In the week that global leaders gather for the opening of the UN General Assembly, join this high-level virtual event on Wednesday 22nd September that marks the beginning of a coalition of youth organisations and UN agencies committed to supporting their networks and working together to deliver young people’s priorities.

This meeting is hosted by the world’s most far-reaching youth-led and youth-focused networks and movements including BRAC, Girl Up, Global Youth Mobilization, the International Federation of the Red Cross, YMCA, YWCA, the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts, the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Restless Development, the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum, and the UN Foundation. 

Working together for young people and future generations

These organisations are committed to working together to deliver young people’s priorities, and to exploring how we can overcome the barriers that prevent young people from shaping their own futures. 

This event is an opportunity to find out more about this coalition and hear from speakers across generations. Help Unlock the Future and join this event. The event will be in English with subtitles in the five other official United Nations languages.

When: Wednesday 22nd September

0900-1030 – New York 

1400-1530 – London 

1500-1630 – Madrid

1600-1730 – Nairobi

1830-2000 – Delhi

Hear from speakers including: 

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica

Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Sri Lanka

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen, Bangladesh

Hilda Nakabuye, Founder, Fridays for Future, Uganda

Rumaitha Al Busaidi, Climate Change and Women’s rights activist, Oman

Vera Syrokvash, YWCA Belarus

Joseph Okello, Filmmaker & WEF Global Shaper, Kenya

Muzoon Almellehan, Education activist, Syria

Aishwarya Machani, Next Generation Fellow, UK

Valeria Colunga, Next Generation Fellow, Mexico