Side Event

From Ideas to Action: RCE Youth Projects on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

This online side event of the 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum will highlight the importance of engaging young people in sustainable development efforts.

- America/New York

This online side event of the 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum will highlight the importance of engaging young people in sustainable development efforts, with a particular focus on SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals). It will showcase best practices and innovative initiatives developed by the Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) network to empower and support youth-led initiatives.


This event will be conducted online through Zoom, with participation open to the public. 

Please note that the event will take place at 08:00–09:00 EDT (21:00–22:00 Japan time).

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08:00–08:10 Introduction

08:10–08:30 Presentations
Speakers: four speakers (one from each region – Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe, and Africa)
Content: challenges and opportunities for multistakeholder partnerships in youth-led sustainable development in local and regional contexts, best practices, and examples of successful youth-led initiatives in respective regions. Presentations will also highlight the role of RCEs in promoting youth engagement and partnership for sustainable development.

08:30–08:55 Panel discussion and Q&A

08:55–09:00 Closing

(all times EDT)


The Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs) are a network of regional partnerships that bring together diverse stakeholders to promote sustainable development through education and learning. RCEs operate as a global network under UNU-IAS, and currently there are over 180 RCEs around the world. The RCE network has a strong focus on youth engagement, with many RCEs developing youth-focused projects and initiatives that aim to promote sustainable development and empower young people to take action in their local communities.

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