Global Youth Forum International Conference on Population and Development

16 November 2012

Forty-three percent of the world’s population are under 25, and this number is rising. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) has made the needs of youth a priority.

Youth today are more connected and tuned in to the world than any generation before. You are growing up fast, in a world that is changing even faster. Fortunately you see the challenges before you in fresh ways and are responding with enthusiasm and imagination. You have the potential to transform the social and economic fortunes of communities. Delivering that transformation requires partnership action on health, education, employment, sexual and reproductive health and a commitment to real civic engagement.

Through a partnership of UN agencies, young people, civil society and the private sector the Global Youth Forum aims to translate the goals of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development into a sustainable youth advocacy movement.

The Forum is by young people for young people and will contribute directly to the process of defining future development goals. The Global Youth Forum will give young people a stronger voice.  Over 900 delegates will agree on global recommendations for action on five crucial issues:

  • Staying healthy
  • Comprehensive education
  • Transitions to decent employment for youth
  • Sexuality, families and rights
  • Fully inclusive civic participation

The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum will take place at the Bali Nusa Dual Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia from 4-6th December.

Can't make it to Bali? You can be part of the Global Youth Forum wherever you are.

You can participate as a Global Youth Forum virtual delegate if you are aged 14-25, by visiting to register. Once approved you will receive log in instructions and can start to connect, advocate and join a global conversation on the key issues for youth. During the Forum you will be able to follow broadcasts online and submit your recommendations via the virtual delegate platform.