Originally published on the Children Youth Forum.

Join us for the Global Forum for Children and Youth to commit to a future fit for every child

The inaugural Global Forum for Children and Youth (#ChildYouthForum) will virtually convene children and young people together with leaders from the United Nations, government, business, philanthropy and civil society, as well as authors, artists and influencers on 7–9 December 2021. Over three days, they will together brainstorm and accelerate proven and new solutions, inspire commitments from participants to create change, and mobilize resources to advance child rights to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

UNICEF has the global convening power to initiate and galvanize support for such an ambitious and much needed initiative to bring children and youth back on the global agenda. But this is not a UNICEF event alone – it is co-organized with partners and leaders who work towards improving the lives of children all around the world. Partners include the Government of Botswana and the Government of Sweden as co-hosts.

Children and young people need an authoritative global event and platform where they can convene alongside leaders to review the state of the world’s children, reflect on progress and inspire meaningful commitments. With young people and children at the centre of the conversation, the Global Forum for Children and Youth will create the first annual moment for the world to listen to children and young people and work with them to find sustainable solutions. Please join us and help make this critical event a success in building a future fit for every child.


In 2021, the Global Forum for Children and Youth will focus on the issues that are top of mind for children, young people and families and that require immediate attention as the world allocates resources for 2022 and beyond.

Each day will offer a range of opportunities for Forum participants, from high-level plenary sessions to TED Talks by young leaders and networking time with fellow participants.