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9th UNESCO Youth Forum

Background reading

If you're interested in finding out more about the themes of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum, or if you're attending the Forum and would like to prepare for the conversations that will take place, see below for some background reading on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship and the format of the Forum itself.

Click here for more information about the Operational Strategy on Youth :

youth in 2015

Around 3 billion people, nearly half of the world's population, are under the age of 25. And yet many of these young people live in conditions of poverty, inequality and face ongoing violations of their human rights.

Investing in the health, education and opportunities for young people is vital to ensuring a positive transition into adulthood and the prosperous economic, social and sustainable development of our planet.

To find out more about the status of young people in 2015, have a look at some of our multimedia material.


UNEP Knowledge Repository

sustainable development

Discover the SDG's here :

Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

YouthXChange towards sustainable lifestyles. Take a look at examples of organisations, innovative ideas, stories and motivated people dedicated to making life more sustainable. 

climate change

For more information on climate change, the UN CC: Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change is available for free, in English, French and Spanish and can be accessed at


Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet (NASA)

United Nations Climate Change Newsroom

Recommendations of the Commonwealth Youth Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Climate Change: