UNCTAD Youth Forum

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) revolves around high-level round tables on key issues in the international economic debate. In addition, thematic events are organized to crop up interactive discussions on development issues. UNCTAD is primarily a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly that promotes trade, investment and development in developing countries. The conference is widely attended by Heads of State and Government plus their representatives, International Institutions, Non- governmental Organizations, Academic Institutions and the Private Sector who make up the stakeholders in development.

The UNCTAD Youth Forum held 19-21 July 2016 was a space created to discuss various topics that had been identified by Youth worldwide as major issues of concern following a United Nations survey carried out in 2015. They include; better education, more and better jobs and state accountability. 

The Forum dedicated to students and young professionals between the age of 18 and 30, targeted those interested in trade and development issues. It was also an opportunity for them to debate with other millennials from around the globe in order to contribute to shaping the world we want - which is the theme of UNCTAD Youth Forum.

The objectives of the Forum were to; 

As a Youth Advocate, I got the opportunity to share my stake in shaping the future that we want. Being a Blaze Mentor, I not only shared my story and projects with the girl child and youth under the Youth Forum but I also talked about why I choose Social Enterprise and how it helps in the development of the world.

I believe that as youth we should take up the mantle to shape the world that we want as we are the leaders of today.

Mad love as always,

Sharon Kate Ng’ang’a.

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