Global Youth Forum 2016
June 13-15, 2016World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The World Bank Group (WBG) and its Global Partnership for Youth in Development (GPYD) are organizing the Global Youth Forum, June 13-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

With the world’s 1.8 billion young people, it is critical the global community interact more with you to address and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the World Bank Group’s twin goals, and peace and stability around the world.

The Global Youth Forum 2016 will gather more than 150 partners and representatives from the public and private sectors, civil society, and young people themselves, to exchange new and innovative ideas, and to support the actions of the global community. The forum is designed around open discussions, based on evidence and experience, of the most effective ways to address both opportunities and  challenges facing young people and to engage young people in development.

Participants will learn new ways to support the transition of young people to adulthood, and to involve young people in efforts to achieve sustained, peaceful, and broad-based economic development. Key themes of the Forum include (1) the necessity of cross-sectoral collaboration, (2) the vital importance of evidence to designing effective programs, and (3) the need to find innovative new solutions to achieve these objectives.

This Forum will address topics of fundamental importance to young people in the process of development, including the building blocks of education, health, and employment; the context-setting issues such as climate change, migration, and technology; and the areas where policymakers are most concerned with young people: voice, governance, peace, and violence.

The Forum will also encourage and build upon the active participation of young change agents. Each plenary session will include the voices and views of young people, and will elicit new ideas from young social entrepreneurs, global influencers and activists.

The Global Youth Forum 2016 aims to move the youth agenda forward by building a sustainable Global Partnership for Youth in Development, comprising entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, and civil society organizations who understand that young people are central to the development process. This Partnership will be the source for evidence, diagnostic and analytical tools for effective program design, and cutting-edge research required to understand how to overcome the enormously complex constraints and problems facing young people today.

The three-day Forum will explore:

1. What works, for whom, where, why, and - just as importantly - what doesn't work, to help young people enter adulthood successfully? What must we do differently?

2. How can we work together with young people in their desire to have a meaningful impact on their families and broader societies?

3. What is needed to form positive identities, or to build agency?

4. How can we be more open to youth-driven development and ideas, and to the role of young people in finding and implementing effective solutions?


Day 1 - Monday 13

Day 2 - Tuesday 14

Day 3 - Wednesday 15

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Introduction: Growing Up in an Increasingly Uncertain World

Earth in Crisis: Youth and Climate Change

Youth and Health, Choices and Risks



Opening of Day 2

Education for the 21st Century

Keynote Address I: Jo Boyden, Oxford University, Young Lives Project

Digital Novices and Natives: Connecting to the Future


Opening of Day 3

Keynote Address III: Dr. Leana Wen, Public Health Commissioner, Baltimore City

On the Move: Youth and Migration

Stand Up and be Heard: The New Social Contract


Update on the Global Partnership for Youth in Development (GPYD) and open discussion on the role of the partnership

Global Café I

Unlocking Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship

Opening Reception

Keynote Address II: Mr. Ian Scott, Oxford University

Empowerment: The Challenges Facing Young Women

Global Café II

Growing Up LGBT

Networking Facetime

Keynote Address IV: Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Special Envoy for Youth

The Peacebuilders: Youth, Peace, and Security

Where do we go from here? A conversation to explore next steps

Closing remarks

Additional information and registration details on the Global Youth Forum 2016 are forthcoming. For questions, please e-mail:

Global Youth Forum 2016