UNCTAD15 Youth Forum 2021 for Young Leaders

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Applications for the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum are now open below.

Application Deadline:

31st August 2021 at 5 p.m. Geneva time (UTC+2).

About the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum:

Pull up: Change Di Riddim

The world stands at a critical point, with its inequalities in sharp focus as the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact continues to increase unresolved challenges. Global leaders are now tasked with deciding whether the global agenda will focus on the resumption of business as usual or a redefined collaborative mission that translates the hopes and aspirations of people around the world into new and lasting prosperity for all.

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From 16 to 18 September 2021, the UNCTAD Youth Forum will offer a dynamic platform to young men and women around the world to engage in critical and interactive dialogues in the form of discussion and career building sessions, projects presented by youth, Youth o’Clocks, and networking at the Youth Café; all with the aim to prepare a Youth Declaration that will be officially submitted to governments at the UNCTAD15 ministerial Conference.

With the theme “Pull up: Change Di Riddim“, the forum will be focusing on innovation, inclusion and youth empowerment for developmental transformation.

The forum will continue during UNCTAD15 from 3 to 7 October 2021 where forum participants will be offered the opportunity to share their views with global leaders and present their Youth Declaration.

This year’s forum is open for students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 who speak English, are interested in trade and development-related issues and want to contribute to shaping the world that their generation will be at the helm of in 2030.

Objectives of the Forum

• Facilitate the exchange of experiences among the youth and strengthen a network of future leaders from around the world.
• Foster an interactive dialogue between the youth and global players working towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, offering the youth a platform to express their views on issues of concern and areas where they wish to see greater action, including through a Youth Declaration.
• Raise greater awareness on youth-led projects and how to enhance youth involvement in sustainable development programmes.

Type of Award:


Eligibility for the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum:

UNCTAD will pre-select forum participants, who should meet the following criteria:

• Be between the ages of 18 and 30.
• Be able to speak and understand English.
• Have experience (from their studies or work) in the areas of UNCTAD’s work/focus.

Evidence of projects related to trade and development (academic and professional) will be considered as experience in the field. Participants will then be invited to describe their experiences in a video (please see the application process section below).

Selection Criteria for the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum

The UNCTAD15 Youth Forum is designed for youth participants from around the world. The selection criteria will be based on principles of equitable geographical representation, balanced gender distribution, diversity of backgrounds (e.g., age, areas of studies and additional experience), and the quality of the supporting materials submitted with applications (e.g., the originality in the video).

An UNCTAD committee will select the forum participants. If you are not selected to attend the forum online, you can still participate through its preparatory discussions and follow the event via social media (Facebook and Twitter @UNCTADYouth and Instagram @UNCTADYouthForum).

Successful applicants will be notified no later than 10 September 2021. An announcement will be made on social media once the selection process is completed.

Eligible Countries:


To be Taken at:


Number of Awards:

Not specified

Conditions to Participate:

Full-time attendance of the forum by the selected participants is encouraged. Participants should be committed to invest time to prepare for and actively participate in the forum.

Duration of Award:

The UNCTAD15 Youth forum will take place online from 16 to 18 September 2021 as part of UNCTAD’s 15th quadrennial conference hosted by Barbados, scheduled for 3 to 7 October 2021.

How to Apply for the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum:

Click here and fill in the online application form. Please ensure that you:

• Create a short video (of maximum duration of two minutes and in mp4 format only) explaining your motivation for wanting to participate in the UNCTAD15 Youth Forum.
Creativity and originality are encouraged. Upload the video to either YouTube or Vimeo as explained below:

o To YouTube:

  1. Sign into your YouTube account.
  2. Click on Upload at the top of the page.
  3. Select the video you would like to upload.
  4. Click Publish to finish uploading. Set the video privacy setting to Unlisted.
  1. Click Done to finish the upload and click Share to privately share your video.
    For more guidance, please click here.
  2. o To Vimeo :
  3. Sign into your Vimeo account.
  4. Click the Upload video button located on the home page of the site.
  5. Once you click the Upload link, you will be taken to the upload page.
  6. Click the Choose a File to Upload button, which will launch an upload dialog box. Choose the file that you want to upload and then click on Select.
    For more guidance, please click here.
    • Fully complete the online application form, including the URL of your video and send it.
  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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