Youth Power at HLPF

Youth Driving the 2030 Agenda.

On the 6th of July, we held an official HLPF side event “Rebuilding the World We Want: Youth Driving the 2030 Agenda”. It was hosted by the Youth Power Panel.

230 young people (under 35) from 53 countries signed up to have a conversation on meaningful youth engagement and youth tokenism online.

Youth should be included and be at the center of policymaking and not handed short-term handouts in order to silence them.

William, Kenya
The powerful speakers

After 2 panels including Mohamed Ghanem, Hazel Taropafadzwa, Sebastián Andrés Muena Cortés (youth activists) as well as Tijmen Rooseboom, Isabela Rahal and David Steven (decision makers), young people were invited to have conversations in their own languages led by the Youth Power Panel.

breakout rooms in six local languages.
organisations represented by young people
The Youth Power Panel leading the event

If they don’t need give you a seat at the table, bring a your own chair.

Hazel Taropafadzwa

Click below to watch the plenary part of the event:

What do you think about Youth Tokenism?

Join the conversation using #YouthPowerHLPF and remember:

For youth, NOW is a big moment for changing the globe.

David Steven, UN Foundation

Here are some suggestions from the call on how to be a part of something greater than yourself beyond HLPF:

Make sure you keep following the conversation through the #YouthPower Podcast, the upcoming e-book or on the Youth Power Facebook page.