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My First Virtual Youth Forum @ UN ECOSOC

by Sophie Cervera

On April 7-8, 2021, I attended the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum. The event commemorated its 10th anniversary. It was also the first time the event was held virtually and joined by more than 10,000 participants of diverse backgrounds from all over the world.

Aside from the main event, there were also side events that can be attended. It was difficult to join the breakout sessions due to limited capacity, which makes it harder for participants to get in. However, you can still watch it live through UN Web TV. You can also listen to the live stream in six official languages of the UN through real-time translation, which was cool to experience. Social media participation was also possible with the hashtag: #Youth2030.

Here are the following SDGs that were addressed in the forum:

At first, I was amazed by the enthusiasm and passion given by the youth who presented at the forum. Each participant talked about the SDG that spoke to them the most and related it to their personal experiences, which made their voices powerful and meaningful.

For example, one youth delegate from Bangladesh shared unequal treatment of the LGBTQ2S+ community who were left out during COVID pass registration. This only shows the stigma against the LGBTQ2S+ community, limiting their access to services even during the pandemic.