forumThe World Bank Group (WBG) and its Global Partnership for Youth in Development organized the Global Youth Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 13-15, 2016. The global community must interact more effectively with the world’s 1.8 billion young people, who will determine whether we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the WBG’s twin goals, and peace and stability around the world.

The Global Youth Forum gathered more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to learn new ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum was designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address the major challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

Participants learned new ways to support the transition of young people to adulthood, and to involve young people in efforts to achieve sustained, peaceful, and broad-based economic development. Key themes of the Forum included (1) the necessity of cross-sectoral collaboration, (2) the vital importance of evidence to designing effective programs, and (3) the need to find innovative new solutions to achieve these objectives.

Unlike previous conferences, this Forum addressed topics of fundamental importance to young people in the process of development, including the building blocks of education, health, and employment; the context-setting issues such as climate change, migration, and technology; and the areas where policymakers are most concerned with young people: voice, governance, peace, and violence. The Forum also encouraged and built upon the active participation of young speakers. Each plenary session included the voices and views of young people, and elicited new ideas from young social entrepreneurs and activists.

The three-day Forum explored and moved into action:

1. What works, for whom, where, why, and - just as importantly - what doesn't work, to help young people enter adulthood successfully? What must we do differently?

2. How can we work together with young people in their desire to have a meaningful impact on their families and broader societies?

3. What is needed to form positive identities, or to build agency?

4. How can we be more open to youth-driven development and ideas, and to the role of young people in finding and implementing effective solutions?

Forum Materials and Videos

Wrap up





Global Youth Forum, June 13-15, 2016


Day 1 – Monday, June 13th

World Bank Group

Main Complex

Preston Auditorium & Atrium

Day 2 – Tuesday, June 14th

International Finance Corporation

F Building, B2 Auditorium

Day 3 – Wednesday, June 15th

International Finance Corporation

F Building, B2 Auditorium

Breakfast & Registration

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Introduction: Growing Up in an Increasingly Uncertain World

Earth in Crisis: Youth and Climate Change

Youth and Health, Choices and Risks


Breakfast & Registration

Opening of Day 2

Education for the 21st Century

Keynote Address I: Jo Boyden, Oxford University, Young Lives Project

Digital Novices and Natives: Connecting to the Future

Breakfast & Registration

Opening of Day 3

Keynote Address III: Dr. Leana Wen, Public Health Commissioner, Baltimore City

On the Move: Youth and Migration

Stand Up and be Heard: The New Social Contract


Update on the Global Partnership for Youth in Development (GPYD) and open discussion on the role of the partnership

Global Café I

Unlocking Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

Opening Reception

Keynote Address II: Mr. Ian Scott, Oxford University

Empowerment: The Challenges Facing Young Women

Global Café II

Growing Up LGBT

Networking Facetime

Keynote Address IV: Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Special Envoy for Youth

The Peacebuilders: Youth, Peace, and Security

Where do we go from here? A conversation to explore next steps

Closing remarks

Thank You Reception


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