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“Civil society organizations were present in San Francisco at the founding of the United Nations and have been an integral part of the United Nations ecosystem from the outset. As part of our consultations, civil society has called for better engagement with the United Nations system. I believe that it is essential for the United Nations to listen to, coordinate with, and engage with civil society.”

Our Common Agenda. Chapter V. Paragraph 121




Participation in the United Nations Civil Society Conference is open to representatives of civil society organizations associated with the Department of Global Communications and/or in consultative status with ECOSOC. Civil society organizations not included in these groups that are legally registered with the national/federal government of a Member or Observer State of the United Nations are also welcome to register for the conference.

Conference Planning Co-Chairs:

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Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach in the United Nations Department of Global Communications

“The Department of Global Communications is very proud to be part of the planning and organizing of the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference in Nairobi, the 69th since the Department’s creation and one that is receiving immense interest from civil society and other stakeholders, including from government representatives. This is the first of our civil society conferences to be held Africa and we are very grateful to the Government and civil society organizations in Kenya who have welcomed us with open arms and to our colleagues at the UN Office in Nairobi who will be hosting us in their beautiful campus sandwiched between Gigiri district and Karura Forest. As Co-Chair of the Planning Committee, my focus, and that of my colleagues in the Department, is to ensure the success of the Conference under the able leadership of Co-Chairs Carole Ageng’o and Nudhara Yusuf who are supported by a diverse and impressive civil society representatives from all around the world. The Conference comes at a critical point in the preparations for the Summit of the Future, a Summit that is billed as a major step towards a more inclusive and networked multilateralism providing multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow.”

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Carole Ageng’o, Global Initiatives Lead & Africa Regional Representative at HelpAge International

“That civil society engagement remains a critical cog in the wheel of development, is well established. Greater collaboration between civil society organizations, governments and private sector can therefore not be more urgent at this time as we gear up for the Summit of the Future.  I look forward to a fruitful and effective partnership with my Co-Chair Nudhara Yusuf in putting together, and delivering (producing) a successful UNSSC to fully anchor civil society participation in the subsequent processes leading up to and including the Summit of the Future. Indeed, civil society participation will contribute greatly towards meeting the aspiration of “an international system – that is better prepared to manage the challenges we face now and, in the future, for the sake of all humanity and for future generations.”

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Nudhara Yusuf, GGIN Executive Coordinator at Stimson Center

“The Summit of the Future, above all, is a call to rethink the way things have always been done. I believe, along with my Co-Chair Carole, and many other civil society leaders, that Nairobi could and should be a moment for civil society to show, not just call for, process innovation; how civil society engages with intergovernmental processes. Come May 2024, we should have a clearer picture of what a Pact for the Future is likely to constitute, while the Nairobi moment would look to meaningfully feed civil society perspectives into the process, we hope it will also be a place to start the critical multistakeholder conversation about how to land the Pact for the Future. We hope we can capitalize on the multistakeholder and intergenerational convening to build ImPACT Coalitions of Member States, civil society, and UN and other entities, who will help take forth key issue areas and reforms. We hope the Nairobi moment will be a civil society hosted space to move the international community from language to an action oriented networked and inclusive multilateralism.”

Meet the Planning Sub-Committees Co-Chairs

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9-10 May 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya

Venue: The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya (In-Person Only)

For more information, please visit the Conference website.
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Meet the 2024 UNCSC Intergenerational &
Sub-Committee Co-Chairs!

2024 UN Civil Society Conference Town Hall

Join the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference Town Hall for updates on the planning and preparation for the Conference and learn how you can become involved!

When: Tuesday, 23 April 2024
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Location: Conference Room 1, UNHQ, New York

We want to hear from you! In preparing for the final Town Hall Meeting before the Conference, let us know what information or topics you want to hear about!

Send your input here!


2024 UN Civil Society Conference Intergenerational & Youth Brief 

Join the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference Intergenerational & Youth Brief for updates on the planning and preparation for the Conference and learn how you can become involved!

When: Thursday, 25 April 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am EST
Location: Online

For more information, please click here.


Let youth lead, urges new advocacy campaign

UN Youth Forum focuses on sustainable future for all

‘Investing in youth is investing in peace’, UN Security Council hears

World Leaders: It’s Time to Let #YouthLead

With a view towards rebuilding trust and restoring hope in multilateral institutions at this critical moment for people and planet, the United Nations Youth Office has launched an advocacy campaign in the form of an open letter from youth and allies to world leaders, with a focus on elevating young people’s voices and demands building up to the Summit of the Future in September 2024 and beyond.

The campaign is centered around the narrative that with ongoing conflicts, rising geopolitical tensions and increasing uncertainty, this is a critical year for restoring hope and rebuilding trust in international institutions — and with more than 1.9 billion young people alive today, we know that youth need to be at the forefront of these efforts.

For more information, please click here.
To access the Trello board, please click here.


#ChooseSustainability Campaign 

Ahead of #UNGASustainabilityWeek, the President of the General Assembly, H.E Dennis Francis, has launched a #ChooseSustainability campaign calling on Member States, civil society, UN agencies, and the public to adopt small actions with big impacts to adopt sustainable practices.

For example: Air dry your laundry or choose to take stairs or even book an eco-friendly accommodation for your travel.

To make your own pledge: Use the template on canva to prepare the card and post on your social media: See the Canva link here.


Empowering Young Minds: Unleashing the Entrepreneurship Spirit

20 April 2024

Unleash your entrepreneurial spirit with AYFI’s program on April 20th! Dive into innovation, leadership, and business insight. Empower yourself and shape Africa’s entrepreneurial community. Secure your spot here and ignite your path to success!


World Immunization Week (UNICEF) 

24 – 30 April 2024 but the campaign lasts all year.

UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and Gates Foundation teamed up. Pointed advocacy campaign with clear ask to governments: fund 6th GAVI replenishment. If funding doesn’t arrive, there will be no resources to vaccinate children around the world for the next 5 years.
“Humanly possible”  Campaign under a separate heading without brands and logo. Allows bigger scale by partnering with organizations from outside the system (Save the Children, Global citizen, UN Foundation, Special Olympics, CDC).


WHO: PARTICIPATE! Global consultation to update Global Standards and Competency Framework for adolescent health care

Submission deadline: 03 May, 2024

The World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Association for Adolescent Health and other partners is planning to develop second editions of the Global Standards for Quality Health-Care Services for Adolescents and Core Competencies in Adolescent Health and Development for Primary Care Providers

Survey with adolescents
Survey to inform the second edition of the Global Standards for Quality Health-Care Services for Adolescents
Survey to inform the second edition of the Core Competencies in Adolescent Health and Development for Primary Care Providers

Young, Green, and Digital: Global Conference on Decent Jobs for Youth

22-23 May 2024

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

The 2024 Global Conference will concentrate on catalysing youth-responsive green and digital transitions, showcasing the latest evidence and practices for creating pathways conducive to decent jobs for young people. It presents an excellent opportunity to explore synergies with key actors in the youth ecosystem. As in previous editions, the conference will bring together stakeholders from governments, youth and civil society organizations, private sector, foundations, academia, regional and multilateral entities, and the UN system. For any question or if you need additional information, please contact Fabien at cadez@iloguest.org, with copy to decentjobsforyouth@ilo.org.


International Youth Conference 9: Youth Lead the Future

30 May-01 June 2024

International Youth Conference 9 (IYC9) is scheduled to unfold in Los Angeles, California, and online from 30 May, 2024 to 01 June, 2024. This edition, spearheaded by Generation Next, is backed by partnerships with reputed organizations including UN-Habitat, AFS Intercultural Programs, the Civil Society Unit of the UN Department of Global Communications, IOM UN Migration, and more.

For more information about this event, please click here.


United Nations Youth Video Festival Seeks Youth-made Videos on Migration, Diversity and Inclusion

Submission deadline: 31 May, 2024

Embracing the transformative power of storytelling, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are delighted to launch the application period for the 2024 edition of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, inviting global youth to submit short videos on pressing social issues. This year, PLURAL+ will continue to illuminate the enduring themes of migration, diversity, and social inclusion, while also spotlighting two special categories focusing on combatting xenophobia and fostering inclusive climate action.

The deadline to submit videos to the 16th edition of PLURAL+ is Friday, 31 May, at 11:59 EDT (New York time).

The full details and eligibility criteria are available here.


Apply for the Peace Boat US “Youth for the SDGs” program for the UN Ocean Decade

25 June 2024-20 July 2024

Peace Boat US is proud to announce our next scholarship opportunity for youth leaders from around the world! Our organization is also a recognized contributor to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development through our Youth for the SDGs scholarship programs and other ocean-related initiatives.
Registration is open until 15 May, 2024


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We invite you to submit essay-type or opinion pieces to share your thoughts, reflections or stories relevant for the civil society youth. Most relevant submissions will be shared in the YOUth News.


UN Youth Focal Points and Programmes

Youth Resource Documents

Youth Theme Observances 
International Day of Education – 24 January
World Day Against Child Labour- 12 June
World Youth Skills Day- 15 July 
International Youth Day- 12 August 
International Girls in ICT Day- 22 April 
International Day of the Girl Child- 11 October