A global youth-led movement for change

Thinking globally, acting locally

Engaging more than 250 million young people

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Global Youth Summit

The Global Youth Summit is a unique virtual event designed with young people, for young people. From the 23 – 25 April 2021, young people, leaders, policy makers and changemakers will come together in one space to discuss the challenges facing young people across the world.

As we look towards a post-pandemic future, the Global Youth Summit is a critical moment to share experiences and solutions that will inspire and support young people to take an active part in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery within their communities and beyond. 

About

Global Youth Mobilization is a movement of young people taking action to improve their lives now and in a post-COVID-19 world.

Supported by the world’s largest global youth organisations, World Health Organization, and United Nations Foundation, the Global Youth Mobilization aims to address the negative impact of the pandemic on young people and support them to build back better. 

There are an estimated 1.2 billion young people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic response measures. Disruptions to education, employment, services and social support have changed the future of an entire generation. A generation disrupted.

It is more important than ever that governments, policy makers, academics, business leaders and civil society come together to find innovative ways of supporting communities and providing hope to younger generations. Join the mobilization today.

Local solutions

Youth-led local solutions to the pandemic recovery are at the heart of the Global Youth Mobilization. It is essential that structures are put in place to harness the surge of youth-led activism, creative solutions, passion and commitment seen since the start of the pandemic. This is why we are investing more than $2 million in young people: in their ideas, their innovations and their futures. Find out more today!

Founding partners

National projects

Driving change through the activation of the Big 6 national organizations and networks is a key aspect of the Global Youth Mobilization. Find out more about how the mobilization is supporting and investing in Big 6 national organisations across the world

The challenge

A year of education disruption – schools for more than 168 million children globally have been closed

83% of young people say their mental health was affected or severely affected as a result of the pandemic

1 in 6 young people have become unemployed since the beginning of the crisis

86% of young people are worried about their future

News and impact

Launched today at the “Unlock the Future” high-level virtual event at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Global Youth Mobilization and other youth-focused international organisations are proud to launch an exciting new declaration. The ‘Unlock Declaration’ launches a new coalition which will focus on the needs of next and future generations within the international system and highlights the need to prioritize the inputs and perspectives of young people, in order to determine their own futures.
At a time when young people face a series of emergencies they did not cause, how can the world come together to listen to their voices, respond to their demands, and work with them as designers of their futures? In the week that global leaders gather for the opening of the UN General Assembly, this high-level virtual event marks the beginning of the coalition for young people and future generations.
The Global Youth Mobilization and its Big 6 youth development partners welcome the publication of an important report on the future of our planet. Our Common Agenda looks ahead to the next 25 years and represents the Secretary-General’s vision on the future of global cooperation and reinvigorating inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.

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