Washington DC, February 7th, 2016 - From January 30 – 31, the United Nations Headquarters were home to over 700 young leaders, advocates, representatives and organizations. The ECOSOC Youth Forum opened a diverse and safe space for global youth to discuss their priorities in their own voice.
There are currently more than 100 million young people – between 15 and 24 years old – in Latin America and the Caribbean; more than ever before in our history. During the forum and under the premise “nothing about us without us”, the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) facilitated along with Organismo Internacional de Juventud para Iberoamérica (OIJ) and the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC), an open dialogue to identify the challenges that youth are currently facing in their contexts. The conversation explored as well the policies and youth-led innovative solutions that are already being implemented in their countries.
The conclusions of the session on Latin America were presented by Luis Viguria, YABT CEO. These reflects the conversation held with the participation of representatives from government (Ministries of Youth and High level Authorities on Youth), civil society, international organizations (UN Agencies, Organization of American States, the Ibero-American Organization of Youth, the Young Americas Business Trust among others.) and young delegates from the region.
The conclusions highlight:
“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.
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
About the ECOSOC
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.