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My experience as a UNA-Canada Service Corps delegate to the ECOSOC FORUM 2021

By Dominique Mieguim

On April 7-8 2021, I had the chance to participate virtually at the 10th anniversary of the ECOSOC youth forum as a UNA-Canada Service Corps Delegate. This annual initiative, which provides a global platform for a candid dialogue among Member States and young leaders from around the world on solutions to challenges affecting youth wellbeing, usually takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event was held virtually and featured plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally based discussions.

I do not know if it is because it was my first time to participate at a worldwide event or if it is because I was serving as a United Nations Association-Canada Service Corps Delegate but I felt privileged and would like to share with you my experience.

A fast-paced environment

With over 10.000 + youth leaders connected, Over 60 high-level government officials, including head of states, vice presidents, Ministers who joined the intergenerational dialogue, I must admit that it was a fast-paced environment. Switching quickly between different speakers lasting an average of 7 min each and follow an uncountable number of short speeches related to one another of the SDG 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17 required to be attentive.

However, the fluidity of the transitions appears as breath-catching and helps you keep up with the flow!

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