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Caribbean Youth Dialogues 2024 in preparation of the ECOSOC Youth Forum

3 April 2024|Event

The Caribbean is home to more than 11 million youth between the ages of 15 and 29. These young people have a central role to play in achieving sustainable development in the region. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an opportunity to galvanize action aimed at promoting greater inclusion of youth in all spheres. This roadmap recognizes in several of its goals the centrality of the full incorporation of youth as a necessary condition to move towards more egalitarian societies on a path of sustainable development. However, youth in the subregion face many challenges that need to be addressed in order to facilitate environments that enable them to reach their maximum potential to contribute to the achievement of SDGs by 2030, by leaving no one behind and a legacy for future youth generations.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held on 16-18 April 2024, and will be guided by the theme for this year's UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development entitled “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”. Ahead of the Summit of the Future to be held in September 2024, young people will have the opportunity to present to Member States their views, ideas, and vision. The Youth Forum will also review progress in the areas of SDG 1 (no poverty); SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 13 (climate action); SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 17 (revitalise the global partnerships for sustainable development).

The main goal of this jointly organised series of Dialogue sessions is to collect Caribbean youth perspectives about the main discussion topics at this year’s ECOSOC Youth Forum. The dialogue will take place on zoom over the course of two evenings. The programme consists of several panels, whereby various Caribbean themes are examined via discussions and presentations with youth representatives and experts.


(Trinidad and Tobago time, GMT-4)


Wednesday 3 April

5:30 pm to 5:40 pm

Opening remarks

5:40 pm to 6:30 pm

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

6:40 pm to 7:40 pm

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

7:40 pm to 8:00 pm

Key conclusions: Priorities of Caribbean Youth in SDGs 1 and 2


Thursday 4 April

5:30 pm to 5:35 pm

Opening Remarks

5:35 pm to 6:35 pm

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

6:35 pm to 7:35 pm

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

7:35 pm to 7:45 pm

Key conclusions: Priorities of Caribbean Youth in SDGs 13 and 16


The outcome of the sessions will be presented at the Regional Children and Youth Forum which would be held on 15 April during the LAC Forum of Countries on Sustainable Development, in Santiago and also at the Caribbean Breakout Session at the ECOSOC Youth Forum on 17 April in New York.