The interactive webinar "SDG16 and youth empowerment for peaceful, just and inclusive societies" was held prior to the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019 to prepare participants for the SDG16 session by unpacking SDG16 and creating a space for knowledge exchange. The presentations were recorded and are available below.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) is not only a valuable and important aspiration in its own right, it is also a key enabling goal for the entire sustainable development agenda. The 2030 Agenda will require action to secure peace, deliver justice, promote inclusive participation in politics and beyond, and consolidate effective, accountable and inclusive institutions if the priorities in the Agenda as a whole are to be realized. Young people should be seen as and often already are agents of change. At the same time, young people face a wide array of development challenges and their concerns are too often overlooked. This must be addressed urgently and any attempt to build resilient governance must empower young people as key agents of change in their societies and communities. Youth voices, actions and willingness to influence decision-making processes in particular are essential, if sustainable development is to be achieved



w. Maria Stage, Programme analyst on youth empowerment, UNDP         

The role of youth in preventing violent conflict and in sustaining peace
w. Mridul Upadhyay, Asia Coordinator of United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), Co-Founder of Youth for Peace International (YfPI) and member of MGCY

Youth, human rights and justice
w. Gilberto Antonio Duarte Santos, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Meaningful youth-inclusion in the follow-up and review of Goal 16
w. Diego Cimino, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

Please click the titles of the presentations to access the webinar.

Webinar SDG16 ECOSOC Youth Forum

The co-organizers of the session on SDG16 at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019 are UNODC, UN MGCY, PBSO, UNFPA, OSRSG CAAC, UNOY, WFUNA, UNAOC and UNDP.