The Youth Forum

in partnership with UNCTAD Youth
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Youth Forum
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Hall 1
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19 October 2023
09:00 - 17:30 Abu Dhabi

The 4th UNCTAD Youth Forum will provide young people from all over the world a platform to discuss topics such as transforming industries, technological developments, and reimagining education. It will also help them develop soft skills so they can work together effectively in a digital future and contribute to the realization of the SDGs in their local communities and beyond. 


9:00 – 9:30 Warming-up

9:45 – 10:45 Investing in Youth Entrepreneurship – Millennials & Gen Z as Business Trailblazers 

Hear from high-level dignitaries and youth entrepreneurs about good practices in youth entrepreneurship policies and support programmes, business agility and resilience that is needed as well as examples of mentoring and advisory programmes and investment schemes that support youth entrepreneurship.

10:45 – 11:45 Deep dive – Education for Sustainable Development

Navigating the interconnected challenges of today’ world requires more than traditional learning; it demands a great understanding of 'Education for Sustainable Development' (ESD). At its core, ESD empowers individuals to think and act in ways that meet our current needs without compromising the future. It's not just a curriculum; it's a transformative journey where environmental guardianship integrates with economics and social equity. For the youth eager to forge the path ahead, ESD offers the blueprint to drive impactful change, steering us towards a balanced, resilient, and vibrant future. 

11:45 – 12:15 Skills development – Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

In the fast-paced business landscape, the power of eloquent public speaking and compelling presentation can’t be overstated. To experts in the sector will share key insights to become good communicators. 

12:15 – 13:00 Youth o’Clock

14:00 – 15:00 Deep Dive – Global Collaboration for an Inclusive Energy Transition 

Global collaboration is an instrumental variable towards achieving global net zero emissions by 2050. International cooperation plays a critical role in decarbonizing interconnected global sectors, including those in heavy industry and long-distance transport, which serve global marketse. Through the lens of youth, the session delves into the collaboration that is necessary to effectively accomplish climate and sustainable development objectives, and what is required to get there. The session will cover ways and means that countries can collaborate to accelerate the transition towards net zero emissions by 2050, how youth leaders can promote climate and sustainable development objectives on an international level and in what ways technology transfer and knowledge sharing can be facilitated among nations to enable the widespread adoption of clean energy solutions. 

15:00 – 16:00 Skills Development – Negotiate your way (part 3)
Youth are invited to step forward to work on a fictive case and negotiate through a role play.

16:00 – 16:45 Youth Debate – Cyber Safety 

The session will delve into the complex world of the internet, misinformation, and the growing influence of AI. In an era of deep fakes and entities taking control of global narratives has increased, it is vital for young people to understand how to navigate the online world responsibly and become discerning digital citizens.

16:45 – 17:30 Youth Declaration Finalization


Student, Quaid-i-Ayam University
Innovation and Brand Strategist Refe, Strategie di Sviluppo Sostenibile
ETT Consultant, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
Scientist, Department of Energy Abu Dhabi
Advisor, Colossal Biosciences
President, World Merit Bangladesh
Youth Council Member, Federal Youth Authority, United Arab Emirates
Co-Founder and COO, Youth Connect Arabia
Chief Executive Officer, Gandara Business Development & Strategy
Chief Executive Officer, Moai Investments Brazil
Republic of Korea Youth Delegate to the UN, Korea University
Architecture student, Architectures and Design Department of Jordan University of Science and Technology
United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Climate Advisor
Vice President, The English Debating Society
Climate Negotiator, COP28