🌴 Welcome to the discussion room on Sustainable Development and Financing for Development

This is the first chapter of the Pact for the Future that will be adopted at the Summit of the Future in September.

The insights gathered from this consultation will contribute to the ECOSOC Youth Forum session titled: "Insights & Recommendations: The voices of Youth and Meaningful Youth Engagement in the Summit of the Future" at the ECOSOC Youth Forum (16-18 April 2024). They will also feed into the Voices of Youth Report and the global youth policy paper on Summit of the Future..

This discussion room is open from March 4-22, 2024 and is moderated by Katherine Sotomayor (Sendai Children and Youth Stakeholders Group, My World Mexico), Paddington Nhundu (International Movement of Catholic Students Africa - Pax Romana) and Giulia Jacovella (UNDP). 

YOU(th) are welcome to join the discussion, share expertise and experience and provide inputs on the following guiding questions: 

  1. How can we strengthen youth-led accountability for sustainable development? 
  2. What more needs to be done to invest in essential public services that young people need such as education, employment and healthcare?  
  3. How can we address current disparities and inequalities in our global economic system?
  4. How can we address poverty in all its forms and what more needs to be done to improve social protection systems and ensure that no-one is left behind? 
  5. How do you want to see the Pact of the Future implemented and localised in your country or community? 
  6. What barriers or opportunities have you observed within your community with regards to financial inclusion for young people?   
  7. What are youth priorities for the FFD Conference in 2025? What financing mechanisms should be implemented to support young people/create opportunities for them?   

Comments (118)

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

My name is Pardingtone Nhundu, the Pan African Coordinator for IMCS – MIEC. I am super passionate about youth development and will guide us through this week's discussion. 

Big thanks everyone for your contributions and to Katherine Sotomayor and Giulia Jacovella for moderating and summarizing Week 1 & 2 🙌

Now, let's kick off Week 3 with a warm welcome back to our online consultation and Discussion Room 1: Sustainable Development and Financing for Development.

Building on the summary of week 1 & 2 and your comments, some key entry points and recommendations are already emerging around:

  1. Youth participation and advocacy ðŸ”ˆ
  2. Investment in essential services ðŸ¥ðŸ“–
  3. Addressing inequalities ðŸš€
  4. Tackling poverty and financial inclusion ðŸ’°
  5. Localization and collaboration ðŸ“ðŸ¤
  6. Establishing frameworks for youth participation in decision-making
  7. Investing in essential public services such as education, employment, and healthcare
  8. Addressing disparities and inequalities promoting gender equality and social inclusion.
  9. Implement youth industrialization programs and the development of new climate technology initiatives.
  10. Encouraging collaboration between youth, governments, institutions, and civil society and strenghtening youth-led accountability for effective governance.

I am looking forward to hearing more for you this week! Please feel free to share your personal and professional experiences linked to this topic too!

Majeda Al Zaydan
Majeda Al Zaydan

Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development can be done by providing the necessary education that can empower and empower youth to be active participants in the decision-making processes. and that can be done through a capacity-building program mentorship program and strategic partnership that can connect youth-led movements and other governmental and high-level entities. And accountability can be achieved through transparency and inclusivity in governance structures.  

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Good morning colleagues!

It's a pleasure to be your moderator for this week. 

My name is Katherine Sotomayor, I'm a young anthropologist from Mexico and the Regional Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean with the Sendai Stakeholders/DRR youth group, I'm also the Liason of Alliances in My World Mexico!

For today's conversation, you can answer one of the 8 questions, they are all related to Chapter 1 of the pact for the future they will be adopted in the Summit of The Future in September. 

Please, don't forget the first chapter is very important, it relates to our sustainable future and practices for a better tomorrow and today. 

Please, don't hesitate to contact me with any queries. 

Hope to read your inputs soon!

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Odilia Shighi
Odilia Shighi

I am Odilia Shighi from Kenya in regard to section 1 on youth participation and advocacy, I would like to urge that effective public participation is enhanced such that the youth are aware of their rights even as we champion for sustainable development and financing for development. These will put projects developers in check to uphold youth rights to inclusive participation in development projects. Third world countries are indeed a victim of project developers shortchanging youth rights while pursuing their own interests.

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Odilia Shighi thank you for sharing your thoughts on how young people can hold governments and development partners accountable. Would you like to share more about your experience engaging on youth advocacy?

Odilia Shighi
Odilia Shighi

Giulia Jacovella hi yes, I'm a junior researcher this is my second year. I am actively looking for opportunities to be involved in youth advocacy, however I am in the UN MYCP and Summit of the future youth group memberships.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Hola buen día soy 

  • Jonathan de León es un guatemalteco hombre cisgénero, Joven gay, líder, proactivo, entusiasta, comprometido con la salud emocional y mental del país, leal y creador e innovador de programas y procesos de desarrollo curricular y extracurricular que impacta a niñez, adolescencia y juventud del país con iniciativas digitales y modernas que mejoran el potencial de cada individuo. Amante de la psicología, docente y con más de 45 diplomados en diferentes temáticas que lo convierten en un amante del aprendizaje y la enseñanza. Cuenta con un posgrado en atención a niñez víctima de violencia sexual. Dirijo una organización guatemalteca (centroamericana) llamada Jolu de Guatemala la cuál funde con los ejes principales en adolescencia, juventud, comunidad LGBT+ y salud mental, con enfoque en la prevención del suicidio. Tengo 28 años, mucho gusto mi Instagram es: @Jonavoluntario
Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Que gusto tenerte en este espacio, Jonathan! Bienvenido. Es un gusto leer tu trabajo y experiencia con NNA, muy importante atender la salud mental en temas de violencia sexual. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León
  1. ¿Cómo podemos fortalecer la rendición de cuentas liderada por los jóvenes para el desarrollo sostenible? Considero que creando plataformas nacionales que nos permitan compartir las acciones que cada organización realiza en materia de juventud al consejo, ministerio, secretaría o la que aplique según el país en materia de juventud, rindiendo un informe nacional de acciones en la rama y que se consolide por región y mundial cada determinado tiempo. 
Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Jonathan, en este sentido Naciones Unidas tiene un mecanismo llamado INV, (Informe Nacional Voluntario) donde los estados miembros durante el Foro de Polticos de Alto Nivel presentan sus informes relacionados al avance de la agenda 2030. Creo que seria un buen ejercicio para seguir reproduciendo y seguir con esta cuestión de transparencia de parte de los gobiernos. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

Katherine Sotomayor Muchas gracias por el dato, sin embargo no se si este informe que mencionas, logra agrupar toda la información de país que estamos considerando. Sería bueno evaluarlo.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

2. ¿Qué más queda por hacer para invertir en servicios públicos esenciales que necesitan los jóvenes, como educación, empleo y atención sanitaria?  Yo le apostaría a una modernización de todos los servicios básicos, la inversión que se incline más en actualizar y potencializar los mismos con el fin de promover el acceso equitativo, asequible, descentralizado y gratuito a las poblaciones jóvenes, pero con gran prioridad para todos aquellos jóvenes que viven en áreas rurales, fuera o lejos de los cascos urbanos. Considero que también está modernización podría ayudar a calificar de mejor manera a las juventudes y aplicar a mejores oportunidades laborales o de emprendimiento y con una proyección de vida económica más acoplada a la realidad mundial. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

3. ¿Cómo podemos abordar las disparidades y desigualdades actuales en nuestro sistema económico global?  Con una clara voluntad política tanto legislativa como ejecutiva que nos permita alinear todos los sistemas nacionales en la legislación, ejecución y juicio de la paridad e igualdad. Sin ello todos los esfuerzos que hagamos por promover derechos humanos, equitatividad y prevención de la violencia serán como tirar una gota de agua dulce en un mar. Es fundamental que las autoridades de cada país tomen como agenda principal de manera honesta y sensible promover la inclusión (no selectiva) con acciones claras, tangibles y medibles. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

5. ¿Cómo podemos abordar la pobreza en todas sus formas y qué más queda por hacer para mejorar los sistemas de protección social y garantizar que nadie se quede atrás? Este es un utópico complejo de dialogar, por que como en la pregunta 03 debe de existir VOLUNTAD, hablar de dinero, desigualdad, desarrollo de las minorías, entre otras es un dialogo que es circular y pocas veces se llega a una conclusión adecuada. 

Yo recomendaría que se actualicen los términos de pobreza, pobreza extrema y otros que se han venido quedando obsoletos a partir de la desegregación que día a día aumenta. Esto nos permitirá medir de mejor manera la cantidad de pobreza joven que se está teniendo como realidades en cada país, con esto en mente podríamos seguir desarrollado programas que incentiven la mediana y pequeña empresa, el emprendimiento y otras que desarrollen las microeconomías.  

Con el tema de protección creo firmemente que si no se logran tratados internacionales que regulen el tema de las alzas a los productos y servicios básicos, por más que se genere empleo, no podremos tener lo suficiente para costear el valor de la comida, servicios, salud, educación y demás.

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Actualizar los términos podría ser una buena medida, ya que también debemos encontrar otras maneras de medición de la pobreza más allá del GPT, puesto que después las políticas públicas no son localizadas, si no con estándares foráneos.

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

5. ¿Cómo desea que se implemente y localice el Pacto del Futuro en su país o comunidad? Creo que es importante que al firmarse los convenios internacionales, se vele por el sistema de rendición de cuentas en función a los informes de país de las resoluciones tenidas. Creo que en mis anteriores comentarios hablaba de la voluntad política, de la importancia de la actualización tecnológica y otros temas que a Guatemala impactan de manera muy fuerte. Estos temas son una gran barrera nacional para nuestro desarrollo y en este momento no tengo claro como este pacto del futuro podría implementarse en el país. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

6. ¿Qué barreras u oportunidades has observado dentro de tu comunidad con respecto a la inclusión financiera de los jóvenes?   barreras: incapacidad técnica por desconocimiento de las tecnologías, procesos administrativos/ legales y demás en torno a potencializar las habilidades juveniles sobre desarrollo financiero, específicamente desde el emprendimiento. No se diga la poca o nula capacitación sobre administración efectiva del salario, derechos laborales y económicos, gobernanza en temas de contratos laborales justos. Oportunidades: los jóvenes con "privilegios" han optado por el autoaprendizaje virtual y cursos internacionales que potencialicen sus hojas de vida y capacidades de administración financiera. Sin embargo son muy pocos los que pueden optar por este proceso individual. 

Jonathan de León
Jonathan de León

7. Â¿Cuáles son las prioridades de los jóvenes para la Conferencia FFD en 2025? 

Salud emocional y mental

Inclusión de las juventudes diversas y con discapacidades

Gobernanza juvenil

Tecnologías asequibles y gratuitas

¿Qué mecanismos de financiación deberían implementarse para apoyar a los jóvenes/crear oportunidades para ellos? 

Un tema importante que se ha dialogado con ONU Guatemala es la importancia del acompañamiento a la legalización de colectivos juveniles en Guatemala, hay muchas organizaciones de sociedad civil que no cuentan con los fondos suficientes para cumplir con el nombramiento legal que el país pide para la ejecución de proyecto y esto es una gran limitante en materia de impacto significativo, sostenible y duradero de las acciones que en su mayor tiempo son VOLUNTARIAS y buenas, pero que se desvanecen por falta de sostenibilidad económica de sus miembros.  Recomiendo apuntar este tipo de financiamiento. 

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Good morning, everyone!

Welcome back to day 2 of the consultation process, we have had some interesting inputs from Jonathan; I hope you can join to the conversation an feel free to add your contributions!

farhana zareen meheru farhana
farhana zareen meheru farhana

6.I am Farhana from Bangladesh currently studying at the department of Meteorology in the University of Dhaka.Bangladesh is a developing country which is because of its' geographical position is a disaster pron country and highly effected by the climate change as it lies in tropical region.As a developing country, here the light of education is not reached to all spheres of life because of poverty,illiteracy and over population.Though my country has started to overcome these barriers,disasters and weather phenomenon induced by climate change are greatly affecting our socio-economic condition which is lowering down the rate of education, narrowing their outlook toward female education and moreover the infrastructural loss,jobless situation who mostly depend on nature for their livelihood etc.are breaking down our sustainability in this region.And we know if the future i mean the children are dropped out from education and the unemployment increases ,it will decelerate the development  in such a way that we will end in a negative position from where there will be no way to escape.As my country is a developing one,introducing climate related education,climate actions significance with evidence and how can we create a resilient society to face the challenges are extremely needed.To materialize these steps we are badly in need of international collaboration to avoid unexpected climate changing impacts which is now not only destroying our economical condition but also ruining our biodiversity,weakening our efficiency also as feedback impact.To conclude I feel it is necessary to address that though my country does not belong to any one of the top most carbon emission country,it is suffering their impacts in a great scale due to its' geographical position.So i believe to save my country and other developing countries ,we all need global collaboration to protect our youth from this barrier which will lag behind them from the advancing world.


Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Farhana, is great to hear from you, thank you for sharing your current situation and insights. We need collaborative measures to ensure leaving no one behind and emphasize how carbon emission countries affect not only themselves but others on a big scale due to the use of their resources. 


Barriers to financial inclusion for young people I have witnessed, particularly those from minority communities, are 

1. difficulties in accessing traditional sources of funding such as bank loans or venture capital

2. not having access to quality networks and resources, making it difficult for them to connect with potential mentors or investors

3. face discrimination and bias when seeking funding or support for their ventures, which hinder their ability to succeed

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Ray, thank you for your input. One of the crucial problems is financing and access to resources, I couldn't agree with you more, especially opportunities from the global south. For example, here in Mexico we don't have a lot of access to grants, but to loans, in the end, we stay the same. Does this happen in your country?

Aquayemi-Claude Garnett Akinsanya
Aquayemi-Claude Garnett Akinsanya

1. Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development:
   - Encourage active participation of youth in decision-making processes at all levels of governance.
   - Promote transparency and accessibility of data related to sustainable development goals to empower youth-led initiatives.
   - Establish mentorship and capacity-building programs to equip young leaders with the skills needed for effective advocacy and accountability.

2. Investing in essential public services for young people:
   - Allocate adequate budgetary resources to education, employment, and healthcare sectors.
   - Ensure accessibility and quality of public services, especially in underserved communities.
   - Foster partnerships between governments, private sectors, and civil society organizations to address gaps in service delivery.

3. Addressing disparities and inequalities in the global economic system:
   - Implement policies that promote inclusive economic growth and reduce income inequality.
   - Provide equal opportunities for education, training, and employment, regardless of socio-economic background.
   - Foster international cooperation and partnerships to address systemic issues contributing to economic disparities.

4. Addressing poverty and improving social protection systems:
   - Implement targeted poverty alleviation programs that address the root causes of poverty.
   - Strengthen social protection systems to provide a safety net for vulnerable populations, including young people.
   - Ensure access to basic services and resources for all individuals, regardless of socio-economic status.

5. Implementing the Pact of the Future locally:
   - Foster community engagement and ownership of the Pact's principles and goals.
   - Adapt the Pact's objectives to local contexts and realities.
   - Establish mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation to track progress and address challenges in implementation.

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Dear Aquayemi, thank you for your insights, this emphasizes the critical role of youth in driving sustainable development and offers actionable recommendations across various sectors. It underscores the importance of youth-led accountability by advocating for their active participation in decision-making processes, promoting transparency, and providing mentorship opportunities. Because addressing disparities and inequalities should be a must, not an option for all governments and stakeholders. 

Do you think your community will align to the pact if your government adopts the resolution? How is their response to this?

Ohiwa Jeniffer
Ohiwa Jeniffer

How can we strengthen youth-led accountability for sustainable development? To answer this question, I would focus on three key areas that I believe should be part of the strategy for implementation:

1. Mentorship: Mentorship is a crucial area in getting young people involved and inspiring, motivating, and encouraging them to participate. They say a mentored youth is an empowered youth. Building on this, we can connect them with experienced professionals and young leaders to provide guidance, share insights, and help them navigate the challenges that may come along the way.

2. Personal Development: Many young people lack confidence, come from backgrounds that have limited them or are shy, yet they need to create solutions for their communities. Personal development plays a key role in unlocking the power within so that they can believe that they carry the solution for a better tomorrow. This will push them to believe in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and work towards advocating for them.

3. Mindset Shift: Encourage the shift of mindset from competing to collaborating. The power to do it together, the power to work with others rather than as an individual is crucial. This will create a mindset that sees the need to create solutions in a shared space with others and leverage each other's resources.

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Hi Ohiwa! Thank you for this insightful comment, about the need to empower young individuals and provide them with the support and resources necessary to drive positive change in their communities. I'm a firm believer that if we don't empower the communities first, we won't create the changes we need. 

farhana zareen meheru farhana
farhana zareen meheru farhana

2.Investing in essential public services for young people, such as education, employment, and healthcare, requires a multi-faceted approach involving both government policies and community efforts.

1. Increased Funding:
   - Allocate sufficient funds to education, ensuring that schools have the resources they need, including qualified teachers, updated materials, and modern technology.

   -Introduce scholarships for the disaster affected students in exchange of education in developing country where after natural calamity,children are dropped out from education because of poverty.
   - Invest in healthcare infrastructure, including hospitals, clinics, and preventive healthcare programs.
   - Support employment initiatives and programs that provide training and resources for young people entering the workforce.

2. Quality Education:
   - Focus on improving the quality of education by implementing curriculum reforms, updating teaching methods, and promoting the use of technology in the classroom.
   - Prioritize early childhood education to lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

- To face the consequences of rapid climate change,educational sectors should give priority significantly in environmental science from very early stage of education.

-There should be association between the science,commerce and humanity groups because to keep the sustainability of all sectors,there combined contribution is needed.

3. Access to Healthcare:
   - Ensure universal access to healthcare services, including preventive care, mental health services, and reproductive health.
   - Implement policies that address healthcare disparities and prioritize vulnerable populations.

   -Knowledge about mental health should be effectively included from the primary level in academic curriculum specially in developing countries like Bangladesh.

4. Skills Development:
   - Create and support programs that enhance the skills of young people, making them better equipped for the job market.
   - Encourage partnerships between educational institutions and industries to align education with the needs of the labor market.

    - In developing countries, various job fairs,science fairs and workshops by national organizations and international organizations should be arranged.

5. Employment Opportunities:
   - Foster a business-friendly environment that encourages entrepreneurship and job creation.
   - Develop programs that connect young people with job opportunities, internships, and apprenticeships.

   -All developments will go in vain if we can not decelerate the rapid climate change and their devastating effects.But it is a sad news that in the developing countries like Bangladesh ,this sector has just recently been introduced and we the pioneers need and eagerly want to develop this sector.So climate and weather based organizations should give their attention to the developing countries to create this related opportunities to extend our career in this sector.

6. Social Support Systems:
   - Establish social safety nets to support young people facing economic hardships or unemployment.Moreover taking initiatives like workshop,seminars,campaign are extremely required in developing country to have positive environment for the young women who are really passionate to serve the world. 
   - Develop mentorship programs and career guidance to help young individuals navigate their educational and professional paths.

   -As it is said that  mothers are the most influential character shapers of children,social support system is extremely needed to have a literate and self independent mother.

7. Community Engagement:
   - Encourage community involvement and collaboration to address local challenges and create opportunities for young people.
   - Foster partnerships between government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to pool resources and expertise.

8. Policy Reforms:
   - Implement policies that reduce barriers to access, such as addressing discrimination, ensuring equal opportunities, and removing financial barriers to education and healthcare.

9. Data and Evaluation:
   - Collect and analyze data to understand the specific needs of young people and evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs.
   - Use data-driven insights to guide future policy decisions and resource allocation.

10. Global Collaboration:
    - Engage in international collaborations to share best practices and learn from successful initiatives implemented in other countries.


Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Farhana, thank you again for your comments, I love to read from you. Overall, the fact that you underscored the importance of addressing the multifaceted needs of young people through collaborative efforts and targeted interventions across various sectors, emphisizing the significance of investing in youth to ensure sustainable development and create a better future for all is so important. We are the present and the future that we will see. 

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Thank you all for your wonderful inputs,and welcome to day 3 of the consultation process, so far, we have heard the following key inputs:

- Financial inclusion barriers for young people include limited access to funds, networks, and facing discrimination.
- Strengthening youth-led accountability involves participation in decision-making, transparency, and mentorship.
- Investing in public services requires increased funding, quality improvement, and partnerships.
- Policy reforms are needed to reduce barriers and promote data-driven decision-making.
- Prioritize education, healthcare, and employment initiatives.
- Foster community engagement and global collaboration for sustainable development.

Please keep the conversation on! I will continue reading from you. Thank you for keep shaping our present and future every day!


farhana zareen meheru farhana
farhana zareen meheru farhana

3.Addressing current disparities and inequalities in the global economic system, particularly from the perspective of a developing country, requires a multi-faceted approach that involves both domestic and international efforts.It's important to recognize that following strategies need to be tailored to the specific context and challenges of each developing country. Additionally, collaboration between developed and developing nations is crucial for creating a more equitable global economic system.

  1. International Trade Reforms:
  • Advocate for fair trade policies that consider the needs and capacities of developing countries.
  • Push for reduced trade barriers and tariffs that hinder the export capabilities of developing nations.
  • Promote policies that address unequal power dynamics in trade negotiations.

         2.Debt Relief and Financial Assistance:

  • Encourage international organizations and developed nations to provide debt relief or restructuring to alleviate the financial burden on developing countries.
  • Promote responsible lending practices and transparency in financial transactions to prevent debt crises.

      3.Education and Capacity Building:

  • Invest in education and skill development to enhance the human capital of the population.
  • Develop programs that foster entrepreneurship and innovation to diversify the economy.

      4.Social Protection Programs:

  • Implement and strengthen social safety nets to protect vulnerable populations from economic shocks.
  • Ensure access to basic services such as healthcare, education, and housing.

       5.Infrastructure Development:

  • Prioritize infrastructure projects that promote economic development and connectivity.
  • Encourage sustainable and inclusive infrastructure development to benefit marginalized communities.

        6.Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Measures:

  • Strengthen institutions and promote good governance to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Implement and enforce anti-corruption measures to create a fair and level playing field.

      7.Technology Transfer and Innovation:

  • Facilitate technology transfer from developed nations to enhance productivity and competitiveness.
  • Invest in research and development to foster innovation and adaptability.

      8.Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation:

  • Address environmental challenges and support developing countries in adapting to climate change impacts.
  • Promote sustainable practices and technologies to balance economic growth with environmental conservation.

       9.Global Cooperation and Advocacy:

  • Engage in international forums to advocate for the interests of developing countries.
  • Collaborate with other nations and global organizations to address systemic issues in the economic system.

       10.Inclusive Policies:

  • Develop and implement policies that prioritize inclusive economic growth, reducing income inequality.
  • Ensure marginalized groups, including women and minorities, have equal access to economic opportunities.


Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Farhana, thank you again for your inputs. Definitely its important to prioritize action items based on the specific needs and circumstances of each country. The collaborative efforts between all stakeholders is a must. 

Karla Oxlaj
Karla Oxlaj

Soy una joven indígena guatemalteca de 18 años, actualmente estudio Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales en la Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. Soy integrante y actual vicepresidenta de Red Las Niñas Lideran en Quetzaltenango. Trabajamos con pilares: Incidencia política, empoderamiento de la mujer, emprendimiento y esencialmente la prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres y la niñez y adolescencia. 

Como joven guatemalteca pienso que las prioridades que se deben considerar para la conferencia FFD en 2025 deben ser, inicialmente que sea un mecanismo flexible en donde los grupos locales de juventudes podamos acceder, aunque no poseamos registro, pero garanticemos trabajo de campo, que haya representación de diversos países, que se considere a la población indígena, afrodescendiente, población LGTBIQ+ y que el fondo brinde la oportunidad a las juventudes de priorizar temáticas basadas en las necesidades de nuestros contextos. 

Las barreras que he observado dentro de mi comunidad en cuanto a la inclusión financiera de los jóvenes, formar parte de una prganización es esencial para el conocimiento de oportunidades, sin embargo, las pocas oportunidades de financiamiento están condicionadas, no son flexibles, solicitan demasiados requisitos por ejemplo, la constitución legal, es importante mencionar que muchas grupos de base, como Red Las Niñas Lideran, no estamos registradas pero estamos aportando al desarrollo de nuestro país. También hace falta información técnica sobre gestión de fondos y becas que motiven la participación de los jóvenes, ya que muchos son voluntarios. 

Me gustaría que el programa del pacto del futuro se localice en mi país de manera abierta, descentralizada, con bastante visibilidad y posibilidad de comunicación a doble vía, y por supuesto con financiamiento para que se pueda trabajar e impactar en temas prioritarios para las juventudes. 

La forma en la que podemos abordar la pobreza en todas sus formas es apartir de un proceso de investigación con datos reales y actualizados en donde las juventudes prioricen sus necesidades más sentidas y allí partir crear un plan estratégico nacional, en el caso de Guatemala somos 4 culturas las qie conversemos y nuestras necesidades varían. Con algunas coincidencias como las oportunidades de becas de estudio, oportunidades laborales, profesionalizado, becas internacionales , intercambios con otros países y mucha formación en el acompañamiento de planes de vida y proyectos de emprendimiento. 

En cuanto a las mejoras que necesitan los servicios públicos es que los gobiernos se comprometan a través de inversión y se comprometan a garantizar a través de los planes de acción y forma descentralizada, es importante que organismos internacionales y gobiernos conteniendo fortaleciendo esas relaciones bilaterales para la implementación de pogramas y sumar a los grupos juveniles en otros procesos para asegurar la participación. Asimismo, invertir en el mejoramiento de la educación estatal. 

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Karla, que gusto saber de ti y de tu gran labor en este espacio y la gran labor que también has tenido en  tu comunidad: Como joven, sabemos que nuestras participaciones son necesarias para que las voces sean escuchadas y que avancemos efectivamente en el desarrollo de nuestras comunidades. Tu punto acerca de eliminar los requerimientos excesivos definitivamente es necesaria, ya que si realmente buscamos un cambio, la burocracia no puede seguir siendo un impedimento. Admiro tu trabajo, un abrazo, hermana!


Bonjour ;

Je suis Espoir Balangaliza, Ambassadeur du climat et des peuples minorités du bassin du congo ; coordonnateur du RESEAU ESPACE CLIMAT

Je suis en Afrique RDC


Contact ;  +243976085836

Email : espoirbalangaliza@g.com

Comment pouvons-nous renforcer la responsabilité des jeunes en faveur du développement durable ? 


  • Créer un cadre au sein du conseil de nation- unis décentralise dans chaque pays
  • Faciliter la participation des jeunes dans des instances des prises de décision
  •   Créer un fond mondial pour le développement de la jeunesse


Que faut-il faire de plus pour investir dans les services publics essentiels dont les jeunes ont besoin, comme l’éducation, l’emploi et les soins de santé ? 


  • Accompagne les idées innovantes écologiques des jeunes par les financements
  • Plaidée pour une éducation équitable des jeunes minoritaires
  • Création des centres technologiques et entreprenariat dans chaque pays
  • Mise en place des centres pour la nouvelle économie du climat

Comment pouvons-nous remédier aux disparités et inégalités actuelles dans notre système économique mondial ?

  • Former et dote les jeunes les kits de développement d’une agriculture durable
  • Promotion du genre sans distinction

Comment pouvons-nous lutter contre la pauvreté sous toutes ses formes et que faut-il faire de plus pour améliorer les systèmes de protection sociale et garantir que personne ne soit laissé pour compte ? 


  • Mise en place de programme d’industrialisation des jeunes
  • Développe des programmes de la nouvelle technologie du climat

Comment souhaitez-vous voir le Pacte du Futur mis en œuvre et localisé dans votre pays ou communauté ? 


  • Mise en place d’un cadre du conseil des jeunes de nation-unis
  • Développement des programmes d’industrialisation
  • Création des centres professionnels pour la nouvelle économie du climat
  • Former et informe les jeunes sur le pacte mondial  

Quels obstacles ou opportunités avez-vous observés au sein de votre communauté en ce qui concerne l’inclusion financière des jeunes ?   
Quelles sont les priorités des jeunes pour la Conférence FFD en 2025 ? Quels mécanismes de financement mettre en œuvre pour soutenir les jeunes/créer des opportunités pour eux ? 


  • Manque d’accompagnement du gouvernement
  •  Le financement
  • Manque d’expériences



Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Bonjour Espoir:

Tout d'abord, je vous prie de m'excuser si je n'ai pas compris quelque chose, j'utilise le traducteur pour pouvoir vous répondre dans cet espace.

Vos annotations soulignent l'importance d'impliquer les jeunes dans le développement durable en créant des cadres institutionnels pour leur participation. Vous insistez sur la nécessité d'investir dans les services publics essentiels et de lutter contre les inégalités économiques en soutenant des secteurs tels que l'agriculture durable et l'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes. En outre, vous appelez à la mise en œuvre de programmes d'industrialisation et de technologies climatiques pour lutter contre la pauvreté et améliorer la protection sociale. Tout cela est important, car en termes de financement, nous avons encore un long chemin à parcourir, l'accès doit être pour tous et non pour ceux qui ont le privilège de se conformer à la bureaucratie requise. 

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Bonjour Espoir ! Merci beaucoup pour votre contribution à la conversation sur le développement durable et le financement du développement. J'ai remarqué que vous vous intéressez au changement climatique. À partir de votre expérience personnelle et professionnelle, auriez-vous des bonnes pratiques ou des examples à partager concernant l'engagement des jeunes dans ce domaine et en matière de développement durable et de financement ?


- Les jeunes on l'expérience sur la gestion financière 


Pour développer le mécanisme de gestion financière il faut :

- la formation des jeunes sur la gestion financière

- création des Entreprises et IMF des jeunes

- facilite les jeunes à la création des banques numériques

La participation des jeunes au plaidoyer

- faciliter l'accréditation des organisations des jeunes au Nations-Unies

- mise en place des comités des conseils des  jeunes des Nations-Unies régional, national et local

- créer des campagnes zéro décision au Nations-Unies sans jeunesse.


Davie Chisale Junior
Davie Chisale Junior

Greetings from Malawi, I am Davie Chisale Junior an independent Advocate and Activist working for Women and Girl Child, Youth and the LGBTQ+ community members on uphold of human rights and access to essential social services, Member of the UNESCO GYC (Global Youth community),A Bingwa (AU covid19 vaccination, Bingwa initiative). 

? How can we address current disparities and inequalities in our global economic system. 

1.By opening our borders in taking advantage of the AFCFTA  within the diaspora through the provisions of cross border trading, free movement of citizenly on business and tourism sector 

2.An assessment on social behaviour communication change in impacting and raising awareness on technical Entrepreneur skill sets among Youth, women and Girl Child towards inclusion on the economic growth, production and productivity towards attaining industrialisation. 

My view, 

By settings our National Ego down as nations based on race and ethnicity let our elders pass on our history and knowledge and We Youth invest in our knowledge gap and voice out and self represent in high level discussions and  negotiations 


Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Hello, Davie. Definitely, egos are a big problem in our days, (and have been a problem forever) this attitude doesn't help and translates into an individualistic point of view. Together, as a community, that's how we will contribute to a better tomorrow. 

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Davie, thank you for this contribution! As an independent Advocate and Activist and from your experience working to uphold human rights and access to essential social services, can you share examples of your work and some good practices to improve social protection systems and ensure that no-one is left behind in Malawi?

Wajdi  Al-Qadasi
Wajdi Al-Qadasi

Thank you very much, my dear colleagues. Providing opportunity in the answer to the first paragraph. Youth-led accountability management for the sake of economic development can be done by taking several measures and adopting a set of ideas and initiatives. Here are some steps that can be taken:


 1. Encouraging youth participation: The effective participation of youth in decision-making related to economic development must be encouraged. This can be achieved by creating spaces for dialogue and debate between youth and decision-makers, and providing opportunities to participate in government processes and relevant institutions.


 2. Promoting education and training: Appropriate education and training opportunities must be provided to young people, so that they acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for effective participation in economic development. This can be achieved by promoting technical and vocational education, and providing training programs and scholarships for talented youth.


 3. Support entrepreneurship: Young people can be encouraged to develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and establish their own projects. Financial advisory support can be provided to young people who wish to start their own businesses, in addition to providing an environment that encourages innovation and facilitates procedures for establishing companies.


 4. Promoting transparency and combating corruption: We must work to enhance transparency in government processes and institutions, and enhance youth confidence in these processes. This can be achieved by ensuring independent oversight and accountability mechanisms, and promoting a culture of integrity and anti-corruption.


 5. Providing economic opportunities: Appropriate economic opportunities must be provided for young people, whether through creating new job opportunities or providing an encouraging environment for companies and investments. This can be achieved by developing emerging economic sectors and directing investments towards innovation and technology.


 6. ICT: ICT can be used to empower youth and facilitate their participation in economic development. Digital platforms can be provided to exchange knowledge and experiences and enhance communication and cooperation between youth, officials, and those interested in economic development.


 7. Youth networks and youth organizations: The role of youth networks and youth organizations in promoting accountability and economic development must be strengthened. Support and resources can be provided to these networks and their capabilities in awareness-raising, organizing and influencing decision-making can be strengthened.


 8. Awareness and education: Awareness and education efforts should be directed to young people about the importance of accountability and their role in economic development. Educational programs and awareness-raising events can be provided to young people to increase their awareness of their rights and responsibilities and to enhance their effective participation in economic development.


 It is important for young people to collaborate with governments, institutions and civil society to achieve and implement these actions. There must be a spirit of cooperation and partnership between all parties to empower youth and achieve sustainable economic development.

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Wagde! Thank you for sharing these inputs - creating safe spaces for dialogue where young people to meaningfully engage with different stakeholders, promoting education and training, investing in youth-led entrepreneurship and solutions, promoting institutional transparency and creating economic opportunities are crucial aspects of development. Could you share any examples of these good practices from your country and/or region? 

Wajdi  Al-Qadasi
Wajdi Al-Qadasi

Giulia Jacovella Thank you very much for your good question. In fact, as you know, we are at the crossroads leading to fate as a result of the internal and external political and economic conflicts in Yemen. We do not know where its path will go at the present time. We are missing a lot of time to complete the path, but our youth are continuing in their ambition. They are also continuing in Defying the difficulties, despite the weakness of the resourcefulness, we will not surrender to these crises. Also, my suggestion is for the rest of the countries that we want to continue the path and not be stopped by these obstacles. Thanks again.

Katherine Sotomayor
Katherine Sotomayor Moderator

Colleagues Good morning! Thank you for your incredible participation in this first week of consultation. So far, these are our key inputs in summary:

The inputs provide insights and proposals on youth-led accountability in economic development, addressing disparities in the global economic system, and strategies to empower youth.

1. Youth-Led Accountability in Economic Development.

2. Addressing Disparities in the Global Economic System

3. Empowerment of Youth

4. Inclusion and Priorities of Youth

In summary, these contributions underscore the need for comprehensive approaches to economic development that involve youth participation and address disparities, ultimately empowering youth to shape their futures and achieve sustainable economic growth.

Thank you again for your insights, Please, keep shaping the world we need in as many spaces as you can. It was a pleasure to be your moderator and will leave the lead of this consultation to my colleague Giulia Jacovella 

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Big thanks everyone for your contributions and to Katherine Sotomayor for moderating and summarizing Week 1 ðŸ™Œ

Now, let's kick off Week 2 with a warm welcome back to our online consultation and Discussion Room 1: Sustainable Development and Financing for Development. I'm Giulia, and I'm here to guide us through this week's discussion.

Building on the summary of week 1 and your comments, some key entry points and recommendations are already emerging around:

  1. Youth participation and advocacy ðŸ”ˆ

  2. Investment in essential services ðŸ¥ðŸ“–

  3. Addressing inequalities ðŸš€

  4. Tackling poverty and financial inclusion ðŸ’°

  5. Localization and collaboration ðŸ“ðŸ¤

I am looking forward to hearing more for you this week! Please feel free to share your personal and professional experiences linked to this topic too!

Abdinasir Addow
Abdinasir Addow

Hi My Name is Abdinasir Mohamed Addow I'm from SomaliaMy Name is Abdinasir Mohamed Addow I'm from Somalia 
It involves funds generated within countries, such as through taxation, as well as finance provided by one country to support another in reaching its development goals, such as through grants and low-cost loans. At the United Nations, governments have set goals and targets for financing sustainable development.

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Abdinasir, welcome! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Just to clarify, are you suggesting having grants and low-cost loans available directly for young people, or as a mechanism to support the national government in facilitating financial inclusion or implementation of development projects? Could you please share any barriers or opportunities you've observed within your community regarding financial inclusion for young people?



My name is Murtaza Mohammadi and I from Afghanistan. I graduated from Kabul University with BBA Bachelor and  Now ACCA Student .

Fortunately over 65% Afghanistan population are formed by youth، but Lack of  sustainable economical Policy، discrimination، exist of disquality govenment cause more Young leave this country.

Lack of Development Educational System lead youth to dark Future.


Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Murtaza, welcome to this Discussion Room. Lack of opportunities for young people is a main barrier to youth development and empowerment. What measures do you think should be implemented to support young people/create opportunities for them in your country?   


Hi Giulia Jacovella

I think providing jab opportunity and help them to enhance thier Knowledge could motivate Young more and more.

Supporting govenmental Fund also could be strong point for motivation to encourage Young generation. 

Existing and making an strategy by govenment Which every Young could find themself in the Future and attempt for reaching great example could be presidential election.


Abdinasir Addow
Abdinasir Addow

There are many opportunities if youth representatives are formed in every country, economic inclusion can be achieved.through Development Projects.Also, the challenges are reduced if the development projects are intended for the youth and are passed on to the governments they come fromThe government does not give priority to the issues that are important to the youth in this matter. If the goal is to be achieved, I suggest that youth representativesgents will be the reason to achieve the goal.

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Abdinasir, welcome to the discussion! I agree with you on the importance of training, education, capacity building for young people, and the co-creation of development projects with and for young people. This is crucial for achieving economic inclusion and supporting meaningful youth participation in decision-making at all levels. Do you have any examples from your country of good practices or barriers that you and your community have directly experienced?

Najet Ben Mabrouk
Najet Ben Mabrouk

Biography : Najet Ben Mabrouk is a Tunisian climate activist and SDG advocate , changeMakers , Tutor , with a master's degree in biotechnology. She has been a Project Coordinator & RSO expert at the Tunisian Association of Energy Water & Environment since 2021 and a Leader of the One Million Leaders initiative. She has participated in various programs, including Solution Lab 2022 for innovative business management at Fraunhofer University, WYSE UK Global Change Makers leader 2023, young women leader with Lead Like a Girl in 2023 supported by Shenomics , Women in Action 2022 cohort by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation . She was honored as the second prize winner for the best green business idea at the Go Green competition during the Global Week of Entrepreneurship in 2022. Her experience also includes being a shortlisted greenpreneur at the InVestMed summer school in Rome in September 2023 . she has participated in the UNDP talent program Youth4Climate Academy, which supports 100 youth-led projects to call for solutions for climate change.

Then She was a shortlisted candidate for Youth4climate 2023 with her green business idea on Sustainable cities & waste management at the global flagship event of Youth4climate with PNUD ROME & the Italian minister of Environment and Energy Security MASE in Rome.

She has taken part in the training program at the Youth Public Policy Network at the National Democratic Institute in Tunisia, in partnership with the South Mediterranean University (SMU), which aims to hearten young people’s engagement in civil society, politics and journalism.. She is a podcaster for Oasis'Cast as an impact project of One Million Leaders – Nelis foundation , as a young civil activist & fellow « Catalyst 4 change « supported by konrad adeauer stiftung " with my social change project SheLead : scalability of Oasis’Cast podcast and capacity building session for 2 local women’s cooperative .

As a Nelis Alumna I was selected to participate in Future of capitalism MBA 

Humbled and proud to be referenced inspiring women in the article 𝙋𝙧𝑜𝙜𝙧𝙚𝑠𝑠 Portraits by the Union for the Mediterranean for the International Women's Day : Youth Activism & Climate Leadership

I was selected as a 2024 Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador for the Global Youth Climate Network!

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Najet! Welcome to this discussion room. Please feel free to add your bio to the Community Lounge and tell us more about how your work is supporting local development, what more needs to be done to invest in essential public services that young people need in your country, and how in your opinion we can address poverty in all its form - you can pick any of the guiding questions provided in this room and add your perspective and experience from your work ðŸ˜Š looking forward to reading your comments!

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Thank you so much Najet Ben Mabrouk for your insights - I'm adding them here:

"I think that it is essential and crucial to : 

Strengthening Youth-led Accountability for Sustainable DevelopmentEmpower youth to participate in decision-making processes at local, national, and international levels through platforms like youth councils, advisory boards, and youth parliaments (like Youth Pulblic Policy Network / ROLYN ) 

Investing in Essential Public Services for Young People:

Engage the youth in the Think Tank : in order to create new generation , more democratice , inclusive and creative , must integrate the youth in Think Tank to resolve more issues like socio - economic , environmentale thematic .


Localizing the Pact of the Future in Communities:

Engage local stakeholders, including youth organizations, community leaders, and government officials, in the implementation of the Pact of the Future.

Adapt global sustainability goals and targets to local contexts, considering the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities of each community.

Youth Priorities for the FFD Conference in 2025 and Financing Mechanismsface to many challenge , iti is more cruciale , Access to education and skills training, job creation and entrepreneurship opportunities, healthcare access and affordability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, gender equality and social inclusion, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution."


let's stay on contact : https://www.linkedin.com/in/najet-ben-mabrouk-5aa75b154/ "

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello everyone! Thank you for your great contributions so far! I'm looking forward to reading more inputs about how your work, advocacy, and local, regional, and international engagement are contributing to addressing poverty and ensuring no one is left behind!

Remember, you can choose any guiding questions from the box and share more about your personal and professional experiences, especially regarding financial inclusion of young people, barriers, opportunities, social protection, and so on!

Joaquina Da Silva
Joaquina Da Silva

Olá pessoal! sou Joaquina da Silva, Gestora de Sistemas de Informação e Docente Universitária do Instituto Superior Politécnico Jean Piaget de Benguela , sou angolana e deixo as minhas contribuições.

Como podemos fortalecer a responsabilização liderada pelos jovens para o desenvolvimento sustentável? 

Quanto a  questão, primeiramente na realidade do meu país muitos  jovens ainda são excluídos ou seja não nos é dada a responsabilidade de liderança, não porque somos incapazes mas porque alguns lideres quiçá sentem-se inseguros ou outros motivos....

Acredito que para fortalecer a responsabilização liderada pelos jovens para o desenvolvimento sustentável : - Capacitação ou formação de qualidade  continua aos jovens,- Incentivar a participação activa dos jovens em fóruns, conferências e espaços de tomada de decisão relacionados ao desenvolvimento sustentável, permitindo que eles tenham voz e influência nas políticas e projetos, - Promover o uso de tecnologia e inovação como ferramentas para contribuir para a responsabilização dos jovens, permitindo que eles desenvolvam soluções criativas e escaláveis ​​para desafios ambientais,- Reconhecer e recompensar o engajamento dos jovens em iniciativas de desenvolvimento sustentável, seja por meio de prêmios, bolsas de estudo, ou outras formas de incentivo,- Exigir transparência e prestação de contas por parte das autoridades e instituições responsáveis ​​pelas políticas e programas relacionados ao desenvolvimento sustentável, garantindo que os jovens tenham acesso às informações e possam cobrar resultados, - Incentivar a liberdade, desejos e responsabilidade dos jovens em criação de projectos sustentáveis.

Muitos de nós jovens temos iniciativas, a título de exemplo tenho projectos criados mas infelizmente não consigo financiamento para manter  sua sustentabilidade, não podemos ignorar que a sustentabilidade tem os pilares ambientais, sociedade e economia.


Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Joaquina, welcome to the discussion! You have highlighted very important points about meaningful youth participation, capacity building, training and the use of technology and innovation. Also thank you for mentioning the barriers that youth projects face in accessing funding. What financing mechanisms you think should be implemented to support young people/create opportunities for them?  

Joaquina Da Silva
Joaquina Da Silva

Um dos mecanismos de financiamento a ser implementado é a criação de uma "Plataforma Centralizada de Oportunidades de Financiamento para Jovens"

Com as seguintes principais funcionalidades :

  • Portal de Acesso Simplificado: Desenvolver um portal online intuitivo e de fácil acesso, onde os jovens possam encontrar facilmente informações sobre diferentes oportunidades de financiamento disponíveis.
  • Base de Dados Abrangente: Criar e manter uma base de dados abrangente que inclua uma variedade de programas de financiamento oferecidos por organizações governamentais, não governamentais, empresas e instituições de ensino.
  • Filtros de Pesquisa Avançada: Implementar filtros de pesquisa avançada que permitam aos jovens refinar suas buscas com base em critérios específicos, como área de estudo, localização geográfica, nível de educação, entre outros.
  • Alertas Personalizados: Oferecer a opção de configuração de alertas personalizados, para que os usuários sejam notificados automaticamente sobre novas oportunidades de financiamento que correspondam aos seus interesses e perfil.
  • Recursos de Apoio: Além de listar oportunidades de financiamento, a plataforma também pode fornecer recursos educativos e orientações sobre como se candidatar com sucesso a bolsas de estudo, subsídios e outros programas de apoio.
  • Comunidade Online: Integrar recursos de interação social, como fóruns de discussão e grupos de apoio, onde os jovens possam compartilhar experiências, dicas e informações úteis sobre oportunidades de financiamento.
  • Feedback e Avaliação: Permitir que os usuários avaliem e forneçam feedback sobre as oportunidades de financiamento listadas na plataforma, ajudando a garantir a qualidade e relevância das informações fornecidas.
Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Thank you for sharing this idea of creating a Centralized Platform for Financing Opportunities for Youth - do you think this platform should be managed by the government/national authorities, civil society, the UN or international financial agencies?

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello everyone! We are nearing the end of week two, and we've seen many great contributions shared so far! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences and suggestions. ðŸ’¡ðŸ™Œ

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello Ali! Welcome to this discussion room. Feel free to pick any of the guiding questions and share your insights and experience ðŸ˜Š

Giulia Jacovella
Giulia Jacovella Moderator

Hello everyone, and thank you so much for your inputs! We have just concluded week 2, and I am happy to share this week's recap of your recommendations. ðŸ‘‡

To address the multifaceted challenges faced by youth worldwide, a comprehensive approach integrating policy frameworks and targeted investments is crucial:

  1. Establishing frameworks for youth participation in decision-making bodies at local, national, and international levels, including facilitating accreditation of youth organizations at the United Nations, and creating youth councils and a global youth development fund could ensure youth voices are heard and supported on a global scale.
  2. Investing in essential public services such as education, employment, and healthcare is fundamental. This entails supporting innovative ideas, advocating for equitable education, providing training and capacity building and establishing technology and entrepreneurship centers to empower youth and address educational disparities and exclusion from leadership roles.
  3. Addressing disparities and inequalities in the global economic system requires targeted interventions and the promotion of gender equality and social inclusion in all development efforts. This will not only alleviate poverty but also foster inclusive economic growth.
  4. Tackling poverty necessitates the implementation of youth industrialization programs and the development of new climate technology initiatives. These efforts can empower young people to contribute to sustainable development while addressing pressing environmental challenges.
  5. Encouraging collaboration between youth, governments, institutions, and civil society and strengthening youth-led accountability are key steps to promote effective governance and sustainable development.

Happy to handover the moderation of this 3rd and last week of this consultation to Pardingtone Nhundu ðŸ™Œ

Charles innocent Chinguwo
Charles innocent Chinguwo

Hie My name is Charles Innocent Chinguwo from Malawi a member of UNITED! Movement and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV MALAWI (Y+ MALAWI) 

Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development involves empowering young people to actively participate in decision-making processes, ensuring their voices are heard, and providing them with resources and support to drive positive change. This can be achieved through creating platforms for youth representation, promoting transparency and accountability in governance, and fostering collaborations between youth organizations and governmental bodies.

Investing in essential public services such as education, employment, and healthcare for young people requires a multi-faceted approach. This includes increasing budget allocations, improving infrastructure and accessibility, enhancing the quality of services, and implementing policies that cater to the specific needs of young people. It is crucial to involve young people in the planning and implementation of these services to ensure they meet their requirements effectively.

Addressing disparities and inequalities in the global economic system necessitates policy changes at both national and international levels. Measures such as progressive taxation, promoting fair trade practices, strengthening labor rights, and providing equal opportunities for all are crucial in creating a more inclusive economic system. Collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society is essential to address these issues comprehensively.

Tackling poverty in all its forms requires a holistic approach that includes improving social protection systems, expanding access to quality education and healthcare, creating employment opportunities, and promoting sustainable livelihoods. Governments need to prioritize addressing the root causes of poverty and designing targeted interventions to uplift marginalized communities. It is imperative to ensure that social protection systems are inclusive and reach all those in need to leave no one behind.

The implementation and localization of the Pact of the Future in communities involve tailoring its principles and goals to address specific local challenges and priorities. This can be achieved through community consultations, capacity-building initiatives, and partnerships with local stakeholders. It is essential to adapt the Pact's objectives to suit the unique needs and context of each community to maximize its impact.

In observing barriers and opportunities for financial inclusion for young people in communities, challenges such as limited access to financial services, lack of financial literacy, and high unemployment rates can hinder their economic empowerment. Opportunities lie in promoting entrepreneurship, providing skills training, and leveraging technology for financial inclusion. Addressing these barriers and leveraging opportunities can enhance financial inclusion for young people and improve their economic prospects.

Youth priorities for the FFD Conference in 2025 should focus on advocating for increased investments in youth-led initiatives, creating funding mechanisms that support youth entrepreneurship and innovation, and ensuring youth participation in decision-making processes related to financial policies. Implementing financing mechanisms such as youth-focused grants, low-interest loans.



Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Charles innocent Chinguwo Thank you so much for the great contribution and the best I could do is to summarize your great points here - hopefully I managed to capture all. 

  • Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development by empowering young people, ensuring their participation in decision-making, and supporting them to enact change.
  • The need for investing in essential public services for youth, such as education, employment, and healthcare, through increased funding, better infrastructure, and policies tailored to their needs.
  • Addressing global economic disparities requires policy changes at national and international levels, including progressive taxation, fair trade, labor rights, and equal opportunities for all.
  • Combating poverty demands a holistic approach focusing on social protection, education, healthcare, employment, and sustainable livelihoods, ensuring inclusivity and targeted interventions.
  • Implementing the Pact of the Future in communities should involve adapting its principles to local challenges through consultations, capacity-building, and partnerships.
  • Observing financial inclusion barriers and opportunities for young people highlights the need for addressing issues like limited financial services access, lack of literacy, and unemployment, while promoting entrepreneurship and leveraging technology.

Hi everyone!

My name is Symeoni Soursou and I am a PhD candidate in the field of energy & environmental economics, from Greece.

Here is my input: 

1.Youth-led accountability, for sustainable development, can be achieved through increasing environmental awareness. Courses related to climate change, actions to mitigate climate crisis, sustainable development, and sustainable finance will lead to a future generation of citizens fully involved in sustainable development issues. Additionally, targeted campaigns can prompt immediate actions through regional and national youth committees or student contests. These initiatives help elevate youth voices to the forefront, enabling them to shape agendas through meaningful debates, policy recommendations, reports, and white papers. This will connect youth opinions with senior management executives (C-suite) and various policy actors such as NGOs and government ministers.

2. Both governments and regulators must strengthen reforms prioritizing a sustainable financial system. These reforms must be aligned with Paris Agreement’s goals by engaging the involved parties to adopt their financial and investment decisions towards a low-carbon and inclusive economy. Financial Institutions, intermediaries, governments and investors must adapt to ESG disclosures. They should channel funds into critical sectors of the economy such as education and healthcare, to address current deficiencies and streamline national-level healthcare and education systems. So, there is a need to add value to the aforementioned sectors by increasing investments, modernizing the existing infrastructure, transforming their operating models and foster job creation. Furthermore, if SDGs, ESG reporting, or similar initiatives become mandatory, then investments in these specific sectors will rise.

In terms of economic policy, various fiscal measures can improve access to public education and healthcare for young individuals. First and foremost, government budget must prioritize expenditures related to education, health and unemployment. For example, the governments could implement state-aid and support schemes to address unemployment, provide professional education programs that align the market needs with young people’s skills or offer incentives to businesses -such as tax reliefs- to promote job creation.

3. Progress in addressing inequalities and disparities within the global economic system has stagnated. Addressing these critical challenges requires decisive actions. The focal point must be the establishment of a sustainable and inclusive economic environment promoting fair competition, equal opportunities, and increased social welfare. To do so, multinational cooperation is needed. Some strategies are the following:

  • Investments in education, health systems and critical infrastructure will foster economic growth and bridge the gap in GDP per capita between developing and developed economies.
  • Structural reforms in labor and financial markets, as well as adopting favorable regulations which both lessen discrimination practices and protect vulnerable groups (women, children and elderly citizens) will enhance economic inclusion.
  • Proper investment in human capital through tailored educational programs promoting digital transformation, innovation and R&D. These programs will boost productivity and give to the workforce the necessary skills to compete in an internationalized context.
  • A twofold intergovernmental cooperation to both mitigate significant macroeconomic imbalances and the negative implications of climate change, is necessary to tame inequalities.

6. Limited access to funds remains a huge obstacle for young individuals striving to start their own businesses in Greece. Aspiring young entrepreneurs encounter credibility issues due to the lack of collaterals which, in return, downgrades their creditworthiness for borrowing from banks. Nonetheless, access to alternative funding sources such as venture capital or angel investors are at a nascent stage. In fact, young people can benefit from grants and subsidies from EU financing mechanisms and programs.


Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

SYMEONI-ELENI SOURSOU Thank you for the great input and I certainly agee with your inputs to which I have summarized here:

1. Implementing environmental education and targeted advocacy campaigns enhances youth engagement in sustainable development, ensuring their voices influence policy through active participation in debates and the creation of impactful documents.
2. Reforms in financial systems are crucial, aligning with the Paris Agreement and emphasizing ESG disclosures to direct investments towards sectors like education and healthcare, thereby modernizing infrastructure and generating employment.
3. To combat global economic disparities, strategic investments in education, healthcare, and infrastructure are essential, coupled with labor and financial market reforms and international cooperation to foster a more inclusive and equitable economic environment.
4. Addressing the financial challenges faced by young Greek entrepreneurs requires improving access to alternative funding sources, including venture capital and EU grants, to overcome obstacles related to creditworthiness and collateral. 

What could be our key steps to then actualize these as you stated SYMEONI-ELENI SOURSOU


Hi Pardingtone Nhundu, 

Thank you for your reply. A decisive step to actualize the aforementioned is to strengthen ESG principles, TCFD protocol and similar instruments on a global scale through an explicit proposal embedded into the Pact for the Future. This proposal must outline a strategy to acquire unanimous support from UN member-states for the adoption of binding ESG-TCFD standards , emphasizing the imperative for sustainable investment decisions and equal access to resources.

More precisely:

  1. An international approach of ESG Principles, TCFD or similar instruments:
    • Secure unanimous support from UN member-states for the mandatory integration of ESG principles and the TCFD Protocol across public sector entities, listed companies, and large corporations.
    • Encourage SMEs towards ESG compliance over an appointed period, giving incentives through access to alternative funding channels and opportunities for expansion.
  2. Overcoming Barriers in Financial Markets:
    • Meet investors' expectations and foster sustainable investment decisions by implementing standardized ESG regulations globally.
    • Enhance transparency and comparability of ESG-related information across industries, asset portfolios, supply chains, and financial and commodity markets.
  3. Safeguarding Financial Stability and Resilience:
    • Mitigate excess volatility caused by extreme climate events and energy-related shocks by establishing mandatory ESG policies and action plans.
    • Enhance resilience in financial and commodities markets through increased transparency and accountability in ESG disclosures.

As far as, social inequities:

  1. Ensuring Access to Modern Education and Clean energy for all:
    • Eliminate job discrimination and inequality by securing access to modern education methods, including internet connectivity and reliable energy supply.
    • Prioritize initiatives to eradicate energy poverty in developing economies through faster deployment of mini-grids, renewable energy generation, and energy storage solutions.

To sum up, by securing support from UN member-states and achieving the establishment of standardized regulations, we can pave the way for a more transparent, resilient, and inclusive global economic system.

Abdinasir Addow
Abdinasir Addow

During recent armed conflicts, increasing numbers of civilians have been killed, wounded, treated without dignity, arbitrarily detained and/or separated from their families. They have been targeted on purpose, forced to leave their homes, and deprived of their basic rights as human beings, such as the right to supplies essential to their survival. In so-called " failed states " or " anarchic states " , the central government, having effectively lost control over much, or all, of its territory, can no longer carry out its formal functions, which will lead gradually to the disintegration of state structures. As the state's monopoly on the use of force lessens, factions, warlords or bandits take " law and order " into their own hands, while civilians may take up arms to defend themselves: all leading to a spiral of violence. The armed groups'loose chains of command, coupled with their lack of responsibility, favour unbalanced behaviour. When civilians become the actual target of hostilities, as in " ethnic conflicts " for example, the basic rules protecting them are completely blurred. This is a sad characteristic of the post-Cold War era.

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Abdinasir Addow your insights are very impeccable and they continue to speak loudly to the need and call for peace across the globe. Sudan currently has more than 5 million people displaced with children and youths constituting around 54%. And, in that whole space young people still are the key players and we should then continue to explore on how best we can take our roles for peace clearly. What do you suggest we do as youths? 

Tafadzwa Muzira
Tafadzwa Muzira

Greetings.  I am Tafadzwa Muzira, CEO of Amuzyd Investments Company and I am from Zimbabwe.  

There is need for strong Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks to strengthen youth Accountability for sustainable development.  There is need for sustainable and interactive Accountability trainings for youth inorder to acquire Accountability skills that will help them to be transparent and effective in promoting sustainable development goals. 

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Tafadzwa Muzira thank you for the input and i do concur with you on and about strengthening Youth Accountability Skills. Would you care to also suggest zero-cost or minimum cost activities that youths can also use to gain these particular skills and more? 

tommaso grassi
tommaso grassi

I am thrilled to participate in the discussion. I am a Junior Sustainability Manager with a Biological Engineering and Bioconomy background. I am Italian (Rome) and currently work for a large-scale Flavor Industry (Food Application) enterprise in France. As part of my responsibilities, there is an assessment of the supply chain for specific Raw Materials and the Environmental Performance of the Flavoring Solution (both natural & chemical). I do see the urge to call the private sector to the roundtable since many youths are getting into professional life with "green jobs", and like myself, many of them are committed to being change makers and accelerating the transition to a much more sustainable and equitable world. We must regain trust in big organizations and industries and work with and for them to achieve our ambitious objectives. No one should left behind. Regarding the 10 points mentioned, I would like to give my brief opinion. Here are some aspect important from my point of view: 

  1. Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development requires creating spaces for youth to participate in decision-making processes and ensuring that their voices are heard. This can be achieved through mechanisms such as youth-led monitoring and evaluation, youth-led research and analysis, and youth-led advocacy campaigns.

  2. Investing in essential public services that young people need, such as education, employment, and healthcare, requires both financial resources and political will. Governments should prioritize funding for these services and ensure that they are accessible to all young people, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

  3. Addressing current disparities and inequalities in our global economic system requires systemic change. This includes addressing issues such as tax evasion, corruption, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. Governments should also prioritize policies that promote economic growth and job creation, particularly in sectors that are relevant to young people, such as green jobs, focusing on regenerative agriculture and sustainable practices while empowerting local & rural communities.

  4. Addressing poverty in all its forms requires a multi-faceted approach that includes social protection systems, access to education and healthcare, and job creation. Governments should ensure that social protection systems are in place to support those who are most vulnerable.

  5. The Pact of the Future should be implemented and localized in a way that is relevant to the specific needs and priorities of each community. This requires engaging with young people and other stakeholders to understand their needs and priorities and developing policies and programs that address them.

  6. Financial inclusion for young people can be hindered by factors such as lack of access to financial services, lack of financial literacy, and discriminatory policies and practices. Governments should prioritize policies that promote financial inclusion, such as expanding access to financial services and promoting financial literacy.

  7. Youth priorities for the FFD Conference in 2025 should include policies and programs that promote economic growth, job creation, and financial inclusion. Financing mechanisms that support young people, such as youth entrepreneurship funds and youth-led investment funds, should also be implemented.

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

tommaso grassi your inputs here are invaluable and thank you so much for the insight. Allow me, to highlight the action point 5. To which you encourage us to implement and localize The Pact of the Future. This is the greatest resource in making sure youths participate. In that case, would you volunteer to lead such a group in your community with formal or no-formal appointment to lead your community in the area?  

tommaso grassi
tommaso grassi

Pardingtone Nhundu count on me. I’ll try my best. Is there any material/resource available you would suggest to start with? Also, I’m a newcomer here but entirely available to give everything I have for those common goals! I will review some of the documents shared, but it would be ideal to have a 1v1 conversation to align with all the initiatives so far. 

Irfan Pullani
Irfan Pullani

Great conversations going around! 

My name is Irfan Pullani, I am a young international lawyer working on peace-building in Kashmir, South Asia. 

In envisioning the implementation and localization of the Pact of the Future in our country or community, several key strategies can be prioritized:

  1. Community-driven Approach: Embrace a bottom-up approach that empowers local communities to take ownership of sustainable development initiatives. Encourage participation from diverse stakeholders, including community leaders, grassroots organizations, and marginalized groups, in decision-making processes and project implementation.

  2. Cultural Sensitivity and Contextualization: Recognize the rich cultural diversity and socio-economic complexities within our country or community. Tailor strategies and interventions to align with local customs, traditions, and priorities, ensuring that they resonate with the unique needs and aspirations of different regions and populations.

  3. Youth Engagement and Empowerment: Mobilize and empower young people as catalysts for change and innovation. Provide platforms for youth-led initiatives, entrepreneurship, and leadership development, enabling young voices to shape the future of sustainable development in our country or community.

  4. Inclusive Growth and Social Equity: Prioritize inclusive and equitable development approaches that address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Promote access to essential services, economic opportunities, and social protection mechanisms for disadvantaged groups, including women, rural communities, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.

  5. Technology Adoption and Digital Inclusion: Harness the potential of technology and digital solutions to drive socio-economic progress and environmental sustainability. Promote digital literacy, connectivity, and innovation hubs in underserved areas, leveraging digital platforms for education, healthcare, agriculture, and e-governance initiatives.

  6. Policy Alignment and Institutional Strengthening: Advocate for the integration of sustainable development principles into national policies, laws, and regulations. Strengthen institutional capacity and governance structures to facilitate effective coordination, implementation, and monitoring of sustainable development efforts at all levels of government and civil society.

  7. Public-Private Partnerships and Innovation Ecosystems: Foster collaboration between government, private sector, academia, and civil society to mobilize resources, expertise, and innovation for sustainable development. Encourage corporate social responsibility initiatives, impact investing, and technology transfer agreements that support sustainable business practices and social impact ventures.

  8. Environmental Conservation and Climate Action: Prioritize environmental sustainability and climate resilience in our development agenda. Promote conservation of natural resources, adoption of clean energy solutions, and mitigation measures to address climate change impacts, safeguarding the ecological integrity and resilience of our country or community for future generations.

By embracing these principles and strategies, we can effectively implement and localize the Pact of the Future in our country or community, driving positive change towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future.

Irfan Pullani
Irfan Pullani

In India, there is a growing recognition of the importance of sustainable development and the need to localize global commitments such as the Pact of the Future. The Indian government has shown political will by aligning national policies and initiatives with international agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the national level, various initiatives and policies have been launched to address key development challenges, including poverty alleviation, education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. For example, programs like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), Make in India, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter) reflect India's commitment to achieving sustainable development goals at the grassroots level.

Moreover, India has been actively involved in international forums and partnerships to promote sustainable development and climate action. As a signatory to global agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, India has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and transition towards a more sustainable and resilient economy.

At the community level, there is increasing awareness and engagement in sustainable development initiatives, driven by civil society organizations, youth groups, and local communities. Grassroots movements, environmental conservation projects, and social entrepreneurship initiatives are examples of community-led efforts to localize sustainable development goals and address local challenges.

But I still fell there is still room for greater collaboration between government, civil society, and local communities to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of sustainable development initiatives across the country. Continued political will and concerted efforts at all levels will be crucial in realizing India's vision for a sustainable and inclusive future.

Jonathan luders luders St-vil
Jonathan luders luders St-vil

Comment pouvons-nous garantir que les pratiques de développement des jeunes prennent en compte les différences ethniques et les défis régionaux variés, afin de promouvoir une approche inclusive et équitable du développement durable ?


Pour garantir une approche inclusive et équitable du développement durable, il est essentiel d'intégrer plusieurs éléments :


1. Consultation et participation : Impliquer activement les jeunes de différentes origines ethniques et régions dans le processus de planification et de mise en œuvre des programmes de développement. Leurs perspectives uniques peuvent contribuer à des solutions plus adaptées et efficaces.


2. Analyse des besoins spécifiques : Effectuer une analyse approfondie des besoins et des défis spécifiques rencontrés par les jeunes de différentes ethnies et régions. Cela permettra d'adapter les interventions pour répondre de manière précise à ces besoins.


3. Éducation et sensibilisation : Sensibiliser les jeunes et les parties prenantes sur l'importance de l'inclusion ethnique et régionale dans le développement durable. Cela peut se faire à travers des campagnes éducatives, des ateliers et des programmes de formation.


4. Allocation équitable des ressources : Veiller à ce que les ressources disponibles pour le développement durable soient allouées de manière équitable, en tenant compte des besoins spécifiques des différentes communautés ethniques et régionales.


5. Partenariats stratégiques :Établir des partenariats stratégiques avec des organisations locales et des leaders communautaires des différentes ethnies et régions pour garantir une approche collaborative et holistique du développement durable.


En intégrant ces éléments, nous pouvons créer des pratiques de développement des jeunes qui sont inclusives, équitables et qui répondent efficacement aux besoins diversifiés des différentes communautés.

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Ouah Jonathan luders luders St-vil 

Vous avez mis en évidence les domaines fondamentaux intrinsèques qui ancrent un programme inclusif pour les jeunes. Je suis sûr qu'ils apportent l'idée que les concepts de base peuvent être croisés et que, lorsque nous consultons et respectons les environnements, nous partageons des valeurs qui façonnent ensuite l'approche.
Par intérêt : pensez-vous qu'un environnement composé de personnes de même culture peut localiser le Pacte du Futur plus rapidement qu'un environnement plus inclusif ?

Wycliffe Mponin
Wycliffe Mponin

1, Addressing global disparities and inequalities in our economic system is a complex challenge that requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders. Here are some key approaches:

  1. Wealth and Income Redistribution:

    • Implement progressive taxation policies to reduce wealth concentration.
    • Enhance social safety nets to support vulnerable populations.
    • Promote fair wages and workers’ rights.
  2. Inclusive Growth:

    • Prioritize policies that benefit not only the rich but also the middle class, the bottom 40 percent, and the poor 1.
    • Invest in education, healthcare, and infrastructure to empower marginalized communities.
  3. Gender Equality:

    • Close gender Pay gaps and ensure equal opportunities for women in the workforce.
    • Promote policies that address historical injustices. 
  4. Environmental Justice:

    •  Address ecological inequality by considering carbon emissions across income categories. 
    • Advocate for sustainable practices and conservation efforts.
  5. Global Cooperation:

    • Collaborate across nations to tackle cross-border disparities.
    • Support international development initiatives and aid programs.
  6. Policy Design and Political Choices:

    • Recognize that addressing inequality is a political decision.
    • Choose policies that lead to fairer development pathways .
Wycliffe Mponin
Wycliffe Mponin

4. Addressing poverty in all its forms is a critical global endeavor. To achieve this, we must take comprehensive actions:

  1. Social Protection Systems:

    • Strengthen and expand social safety nets to provide a basic level of income, healthcare, and education for vulnerable populations.
    • Ensure that these systems are accessible, efficient, and responsive to people’s needs.
  2. Employment and Livelihood Opportunities:

    • Promote job creation, especially in sectors that benefit marginalized communities.
    • Invest in vocational training and skill development to enhance employability.
  3. Education and Healthcare:

    • Prioritize quality education and healthcare for all.
    • Eliminate barriers to education, such as gender-based discrimination or financial constraints.
  4. Gender Equality:

    • Empower women economically by closing gender pay gaps and promoting equal opportunities.
    • Address cultural norms that perpetuate gender disparities.
  5. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

    • Align poverty reduction efforts with the SDGs, particularly Goal 1: No Poverty.
    • Monitor progress and hold governments accountable.
  6. Inclusive Economic Growth:

    • Ensure that economic growth benefits everyone, not just the wealthy.
    • Target investments in marginalized regions and communities.
  7. Global Cooperation:

    • Collaborate across borders to share best practices and resources.
    • Support developing countries in their poverty eradication efforts.
  8. Empowerment and Participation:

    • Involve marginalized communities in decision-making processes.
    • Amplify their voices and address their unique needs.
  9. Data and Evidence-Based Policies:

    • Collect accurate data on poverty and its dimensions.
    • Use evidence to design effective policies.
  10. Ending Discrimination:

    • Combat discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and other factors.
    • Create an inclusive society where no one is left behind.
Wycliffe Mponin
Wycliffe Mponin

Im Wycliffe Mponin from Kenya

5. I can offer some insights on how the Pact of the Future could be implemented and localized in Kenya or any community:

  1. Community Engagement and Ownership:

    • Involve local communities, leaders, and stakeholders in the design and implementation of the pact. Their input is crucial for tailoring solutions to specific needs.
    • Conduct town hall meetings, workshops, and consultations to gather diverse perspectives.
  2. Customization to Local Context:

    • Recognize that each community has unique challenges and strengths. Customize the pact to address local issues, such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and employment.
    • Consider cultural norms, languages, and historical context.
  3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

    • Align the pact with the SDGs, focusing on poverty eradication, gender equality, climate action, and more.
    • Monitor progress using SDG indicators.
  4. Economic Empowerment:

    • Promote entrepreneurship, vocational training, and access to credit for small businesses.
    • Invest in sectors that create jobs locally.
  5. Education and Skills Development:

    • Strengthen education systems to equip youth with relevant skills.
    • Prioritize digital literacy and vocational training.
  6. Healthcare Access:

    • Improve healthcare infrastructure, especially in rural areas.
    • Address maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and nutrition.
  7. Environmental Conservation:

    • Localize climate action by promoting sustainable practices.
    • Protect natural resources and biodiversity.
  8. Inclusivity and Equity:

    • Ensure marginalized groups (such as women, youth, and persons with disabilities) are included.
    • Address historical inequalities.
  9. Transparency and Accountability:

    • Establish mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating pact implementation.
    • Hold leaders accountable for their commitments.
  10. Partnerships and Funding:

    • Collaborate with international organizations, NGOs, and private sector entities.
    • Secure funding for sustainable development projects.
Wycliffe Mponin
Wycliffe Mponin

6. In examining financial inclusion for young people, I’ve observed both barriers and opportunities within communities. Let’s delve into these aspects:

  1. Barriers to Financial Inclusion for Youth:

    • Lack of Financial Literacy: Many young individuals lack knowledge about financial products and services, making it difficult for them to navigate the system.
    • Resource constraints: Youth especially in developing countries often lack financial resources and experience making it challenging to access formal financial tools. 
    • Limited physical presence of financial institutions in certain areas can exclude youth from accessing services.
  2. Opportunities for Youth Financial Inclusion:

    • Digital Solutions: Technology offers a pathway for youth inclusion. Mobile banking, digital wallets, and online platforms can bridge gaps.
    • Tailored Products: Designing financial products specifically for youth needs, such as savings accounts with low minimum balances, can enhance inclusion.
    • Financial Education: Promoting financial literacy through schools, community programs, and digital channels empowers young people.
    • Partnerships: Collaboration between governments, financial institutions, and NGOs can create an ecosystem that supports youth inclusion.
    • Youth Entrepreneurship: Facilitating access to credit for young entrepreneurs can boost economic participation.
Wycliffe Mponin
Wycliffe Mponin
  1. Youth Priorities for the FFD Conference 2025 should as follow:

    • Education and Skills: Youth emphasize quality education, vocational training, and skill development. Accessible and relevant education equips them for economic participation.
    • Employment Opportunities: Creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship are top priorities. Youth seek avenues for income generation and sustainable livelihoods.
    • Digital Inclusion: Leveraging technology for financial services is essential. Youth advocate for digital literacy and accessible digital platforms.
    • Climate Action: Youth recognize the urgency of climate change. They prioritize sustainable development and green financing.
    • Gender Equality: Ensuring equal opportunities for young women is critical. Addressing gender disparities is a priority.
    • Health and Well-being: Access to healthcare, mental health support, and social protection are key concerns.
    • Inclusive Policies: Youth want policies that consider their unique needs, including those of marginalized groups.
  2. Financing Mechanisms for Youth:

    • Youth-Centric Products: Design financial products tailored to youth needs, such as flexible savings accounts, microloans, and insurance.
    • Blended Finance: Combine public and private funding to support youth-led initiatives.
    • Guarantee Facilities: Provide guarantees to reduce risks for lenders and encourage youth entrepreneurship.
    • Matching Grant Schemes: Match funds raised by youth-led projects to amplify impact.
    • Investment in Education: Allocate resources to education and vocational training.
    • Digital Financial Services: Expand mobile banking, e-wallets, and online payment systems.
    • Youth-Led Social Enterprises: Support youth-driven social ventures addressing community needs.

Permettez-moi de me présenter, je suis Sirine LOURIMI, étudiante en biotechnologie environnementale.

Actuellement, je travaille sur mon projet de fin d'études portant sur le développement durable au sein d'un site du patrimoine de l'UNESCO.

De mon point de vue, afin de renforcer l'implication des jeunes en faveur du développement durable, il est essentiel de les informer sur son importance ainsi que sur ses trois piliers : l'environnement, le social et l'économie, afin de comprendre la relation significative entre ces trois aspects. À cet égard, je propose d'intégrer le développement durable dans le système éducatif, de sorte que dès le début de leur formation, les jeunes puissent acquérir des principes solides basés sur le développement durable. Cela leur permettrait de devenir de plus en plus responsables vis-à-vis de leur environnement, de maîtriser efficacement leur domaine économique, et d'avoir une vie sociale caractérisée par la paix et l'égalité.

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator


sirine_lrm I perfectly agree with you. Most educators term that process, 'Catch them Young'. The idea is as you state let's make sure young people appreciate sustainability skills on time. 

Do you think this can be a key component of localizing Pact of the Future in your community? 


Pardingtone Nhundu 

Bien sûr, au sein de notre communauté, nous travaillons à sensibiliser tout le monde au développement durable, et particulièrement les jeunes, car ils sont la clé d'or de l'avenir de notre pays. C'est pourquoi je propose d'intégrer le développement durable dans le système éducatif afin de construire une génération fondée sur ces principes. De plus, en intégrant ce programme dans l'éducation, cela aura automatiquement des répercussions sur d'autres domaines et il est également essentiel de sensibiliser les parties prenantes et les hauts responsables qui sont chargés de prendre des décisions, afin de créer un lien entre les deux générations et garantir la pérennité de ce programme.


Hello. My name is Wanjiru Karangah from Kenya. I'd like to contribute to the second question. 


Investing in essential public services for young people, such as education, employment, and healthcare, demands a comprehensive strategy that encompasses increased funding, policy reforms, equity, and accessibility. Adequate financial resources must be allocated to these sectors to bolster infrastructure, improve facilities, and expand service coverage. Policy reforms are crucial to prioritize youth needs and implement targeted initiatives tailored to their requirements. Equity and accessibility are paramount, ensuring that all young people, regardless of background, can access these services. Engaging young people and communities in decision-making processes provides invaluable insights into their needs and preferences, fostering more effective service delivery. Leveraging technology can enhance efficiency and reach, especially in underserved areas. Furthermore, investing in skills development prepares young people for the workforce and empowers them to contribute meaningfully to society. Prioritizing preventive healthcare measures and mental health support is essential for promoting overall well-being. Collaborative partnerships with governments, NGOs, and the private sector can amplify efforts and maximize impact. Through these concerted efforts, policymakers can create an environment where young people have the necessary support and resources to thrive.

Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon
Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon

My name is Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon from Ghana. There's urgent need to recognize  sustainable development for the seek of our future generation to come.

We can achieve this by given much attention to Technical and Vocational trainings ( Local, Regional National and so on) for the Youth acquire the necessary skills for self employed.


Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon  As I agree with allow me to state the adage, skills pay your bills. It is skills that are necessary to achieve sustainability amongst young people. As for Ghana how many TVET institutions offer young people scholarships (full or part) such that they get the skills? What are the perceptions of young people towards TVET education compared to University degrees? 

Saru Duckworth
Saru Duckworth

Hello! My name is Saru Duckworth, I’m a young Nepalese American advocate and Next Generation Fellow with the UN Foundation working on SDGs 1 and 8. 

One of the biggest challenges facing SDG 1, particularly for the furthest behind young people and other marginalized groups, is not funding, data on the magnitude of the issue and what works, nor feasibility - it is political will. We spend billions per year already on fragmented and ineffective poverty programs, we already have robust evidence across diverse contexts on interventions that work within economic inclusion and universal social protection, and our systems work remarkably well for those in charge of them. What we are missing concretely is intergenerational and global coalitions of champions at all levels who can find consensus, agree to a few targeted, big-ticket reforms at the Summit of the Future to make concrete changes for youth and children everywhere being left behind on SDG 1 progress. 

My urge would be for us to leverage upcoming moments like the ECOSOC Youth Forum and UN Civil Society Conference in Nairobi to form coalitions among civil society stakeholders, young leaders, and governments, to agree to include investments in three areas in the draft Pact for the Future chapter on Youth & Future Gens: Universal Digital Connectivity, Direct-to-Youth SDG Financing, and national Youth Skills & Entrepreneurship platforms. These proposals do not reinvent the wheel. Instead they harness technology and models governments are already implementing, but clearly not in a comprehensive and targeted way to make a meaningful dent in poverty. Each one could unlock the potential of +300 million young people being left out of education and trapped in cycles of inequality. I would love to see coalitions form to drive these forward and make a tangible impact in the Summit of the Future for truly universal and collective progress on SDG 1 and for all young people being left behind.


Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Saru Duckworth I totally agree with you on Coalition, Shared Goals, Collaborations all in the name of a forming a global alliance that goals to the marginalized people. 

In terms of political will - how do you think we should push our governments to get it? 

Saru Duckworth
Saru Duckworth

Pardingtone Nhundu Thank you! That is the question - but the good news is many have come before us and successfully delivered this kind of networked and collective change. We can learn from past successful coalitions, for instance the coalition of young law students from the Pacific for example that secured government champions and mobilized successfully to make the ICJ rule on climate change and its link with human rights. The first step is generating awareness and consensus around the massive economic and human rights legal implications around the cost of inaction on poverty for current and future generations. Then we need to leverage and build networks of champions strategically, particularly national and local networks, to drive forward a few concrete proposals that every national government should adopt to address and safeguard progress on SDG 1 for all young people, like those I listed above. By finding just a few of the right champions willing to advocate for our proposals in the Pact for the Future and future declarations, we can secure tangible changes to policy. More importantly for lasting change, we need to build power among young people to own this message,  that poverty is not an intractable issue, that we have the funding, we have the know-how, we have the tools to address it at a global scale - now we need the willpower. 

Kenneth Obuya
Kenneth Obuya

My name is Kenneth Obuya, from Kenya. A Climate Policy professional.  I would like to address Section 3:  How can we address current disparities and inequalities in our global economic system?

I work directly with underserved and marginalized communities in Kenya and interact with young people on a daily basis. It is true that there exists economic inequalities. From my experience, one of the ways to address the economic disparities in the marginalized communities is to support and empower women who bear the most burden. For example,  making financial credits easily accessible and supporting women entrepreneurship. Adopting policies that encourage inclusive financial systems to empower people and promote economic resilience would also be a great stride. For young people, coming up with competition challenges based on ideas to tackle economic disparities. The best ideas with highest potential for impacts can be adopted to spur economic growth in that area. In this way, marginalized communities can overcome economic disparities with the help of national governments. 


abdullah gondal
abdullah gondal

Of-course, I agree that supporting women entrepreneurship in these marginalized communities can help achieve these goals. But in such marginalized communities, most start-ups or small-scale businesses usually run on outdated methods which in comparison to , industrialized( or technology-driven) businesses , do not stand a chance. How can we empower women financially then? and how to support these small-scale businesses since they are based on outdated means???That would be the right question I believe.

abdullah gondal
abdullah gondal

The only solution which can work I believe is : to inculcate these communities into the industrialized businesses themselves. For example, I am from Pakistan and we have the best sports-equipment industry in the world. The official footballs used in FIFA World Cups are also manufactured in the Sialkot, Pakistan. So, basically the small-scale businesses in Sialkot do not stand a chance against the industrialized factory-driven manufacture of sports equipment. The only way local communities can be empowered financially is by working in these factories as employees themselves. And that is exactly what happens here in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Roman Gojayev
Roman Gojayev

Hey there!

I've read the comments from my fellow young professionals and I agree with most of them, especially when it comes to personal experiences.

Working in civil society is undeniably challenging, isn't it? However, our awareness of the need for change brings us joy. Nevertheless, many communities still face multiple forms of discrimination.

1. Firstly, funding should be inclusive and open to every organization, regardless of its position, while also acknowledging and addressing vulnerabilities.

2. Funders need to analyze needs and expectations in consultation with young people and CSOs before prioritizing their own agendas.

3. Funding itself must be sustainable to contribute effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals in communities. Funders should consider the circumstances of the countries they invest in.

I am happy to negotiate! See you somewhere else in the world!

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Roman Gojayev that's a very key and important perspective you have shared here. Financing through Grants of organizations working towards empowerment and sustainability needs a whole new conversation together - let alone those founded and led by young people. 

Kenneth Obuya
Kenneth Obuya

@abdulla gondal, that's a great perspective,  thanks. My view was that there's an urgent need to make the marginalized communities the owners of economic change. Instilling a sense of belonging and owning will spur the needed growth. 

Irfan Pullani
Irfan Pullani

Dear all, Thank you so much for all your valuable insights on this thread. I was personally able to learn a lot of perspectives and understand global youth ideas. 

Let's keep in touch, continue the discussions and learn from each other about contributing to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals. My LinkedIn is:  www.linkedin.com/in/pullanii

Steve Willis
Steve Willis

I am excited to hear about the Summit of the Future 2024.

It is a great opportunity to provide some clarity and direction to a complex situation.

I am an engineer and have been working on large-scale climate solutions for some time – this makes me less young, but give me more practical experience. 


During the covid lockdowns, we started to use climate fiction as a modelling tool to better understand the climate crisis.

Asking questions like: What will it take to fix the whole climate crisis, not just small pieces? What are the key solutions? Do they join up sufficiently? Can it be done?

This produced a collection of positive-outcome, solution-focused, climate-fiction short stories that we shared with some pavilions at COP27.


The collections was well received and explored a wide range of potential solutions in engaging short stories.


For COP28 we attended the conference in Dubai in person and gave presentations on positive visions, engaging narratives and engagement through climate fiction.

This generated enthusiastic discussions, with many delegates commenting,

‘This is a great idea, a shared vision of a future that works. Why hasn’t it been done before?’

We also introduced ‘Fairhaven, a Novel of Climate optimism’ which weaves some of the stories from the anthology into a complete arc that follows the career of a young Malaysian engineer as she works on the largest climate adaptation project in the world (currently fictional), and then becomes involved in a range of large-scale initiatives that help to address the climate crisis.


We have just completed the launch of the Fairhaven novel in Hong Kong.

It was well received and attracted a lot of interest from the wider audience, far beyond people with a pre-existing interest in the climate crisis.
There was an eagerness to hear about how the climate issues might be addressed, instead of the normal news of gloom and doom.

We sold every book we had.





I'm sure many of the members of this group would be very interested in this project.

In many ways, interested, engaged, youth are the target group.
A Summit of the Future looks like the perfect place to discuss such things.


The aim of Fairhaven is to share a vision of a future that works. A vision we can work towards, together.

As it says in the dedication – ‘To all those striving for a future that doesn’t suck.’


I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon
Anaapeesa Evans Ajuisiwon

What are the perceptions of young people towards TVET education compared to University degrees? 

We still have many young people going in for the University degrees than the TVET education but we still need to do more education on TVET  because from years past many people thinks only those who are not good in academics that can offer such course.

So serious campaign need to be done to change the mind set of this generation.

Bate Tabenyang Alaine
Bate Tabenyang Alaine
  1. Strengthening youth-led accountability for sustainable development can be achieved through promoting transparency, inclusivity, and active participation of young people in decision-making processes at all levels. This can be done by providing young people with the necessary tools, resources, and platforms to monitor progress, hold governments accountable, and advocate for sustainable development solutions.

  2. To invest in essential public services that young people need, there is a need for increased public funding, improved governance and efficiency in service delivery, as well as collaboration between governments, private sector, and civil society to ensure that resources are allocated effectively and equitably.

  3. Addressing current disparities and inequalities in the global economic system requires comprehensive policy measures such as promoting fair trade practices, ensuring decent work opportunities, investing in skills development, and providing access to financial resources for marginalized communities.

  4. Tackling poverty in all its forms and improving social protection systems involves designing targeted interventions, expanding social safety nets, ensuring access to basic services, and creating opportunities for economic empowerment for all, especially the most vulnerable populations.

  5. The local implementation of the Pact for the Future in my community would require awareness-raising campaigns, capacity-building initiatives, partnerships with local stakeholders, and the integration of youth voices and priorities in decision-making processes.

  6. In my community, barriers to financial inclusion for young people include lack of access to financial services, limited financial literacy, high unemployment rates, and discriminatory practices. Opportunities for financial inclusion can be created through innovative financial products, youth entrepreneurship programs, and skills development initiatives.

  7. Youth priorities for the FFD Conference in 2025 should include advocating for increased youth-friendly financing mechanisms, such as youth entrepreneurship funds, youth investment funds, mentorship programs, and access to credit and financial services tailored to the needs of young people. These mechanisms should aim to create opportunities for young people, support their development, and empower them to contribute to sustainable development.

Pardingtone Nhundu
Pardingtone Nhundu Moderator

Thank you very much for the great insights throughout this week's consultations and it has been an honour moderating this weeks conversation. Please find here the summary of the contributions this week: 

1. Youth Participation and Advocacy: Promoting Transparency and Active Participation

   - Enhance active engagement and leadership of youth in advocacy efforts for sustainable development.

   - Develop platforms to amplify youth voices in policymaking and governance.

- Highlight the necessity of providing young people with tools, resources, and platforms to monitor progress, hold governments accountable, and advocate for sustainable development solutions.

2. Investment in Essential Services: Increased Public Funding and Collaboration

   - Allocate more resources to improve the quality and accessibility of essential public services, with a focus on health and education for young people.

- Advocate for collaboration between governments, the private sector, and civil society to ensure resources are allocated effectively and equitably to essential services needed by young people, such as health and education.

3. Addressing Inequalities: Comprehensive Policy Measures

   - Take actionable steps to reduce economic and social inequalities by promoting fair trade, improving labor rights, and ensuring inclusive policies.

- This includes promoting fair trade practices, ensuring decent work opportunities, investing in skills development, and providing access to financial resources for marginalized communities.

4. Tackling Poverty and Financial Inclusion: Designing Targeted Interventions and Expanding Social Safety Nets

   - Implement comprehensive strategies to alleviate poverty and integrate financial inclusion programs specifically designed for young people.

5. Localization and Collaboration: Local Implementation of the Pact for the Future

   - Promote localization strategies for global initiatives and enhance partnerships among local communities, youth, and stakeholders.

6. Frameworks for Decision-Making: Overcoming Barriers and Creating Opportunities

- Create and institutionalize frameworks that enable and ensure youth participation in decision-making processes across various sectors.

7. Public Services Investment: Advocating for Youth-Friendly Financing Mechanisms

- Invest significantly in public services including education, employment, and healthcare, ensuring these services meet the needs of young people.

8. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion: Address disparities and foster equality by instituting measures that specifically target gender equity and promote social inclusion.

9. Youth Industrialization and Climate Initiatives: Support the establishment of youth-led industrialization and climate technology initiatives, providing platforms and resources for innovation.

10. Collaboration for Governance: Encourage and support multi-stakeholder collaboration involving youth, governments, and civil society to enhance governance and youth-led accountability.