As part of the International Year of Youth, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on youth on 25 and 26 July 2011. The High Level Meeting will have as its overarching theme “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”.
The High Level Meeting on Youth is scheduled to take place from 25 to 26 July 2011 at the General Assembly, United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The High-Level Meeting will comprise two consecutive informal interactive thematic panel discussions on 25 July 2011 and two plenary meetings on 26 July 2011. The thematic panel discussions will be chaired by Member States at the invitation of the President of the General Assembly and will address the following themes:
Thematic panel discussion 1: Strengthening international cooperation regarding youth and enhancing dialogue, mutual understanding and active youth participation as indispensable elements towards achieving social integration, full employment and the eradication of poverty;
Thematic panel discussion 2: Challenges to youth development and opportunities for poverty eradication, employment and sustainable development.
Such document had previously been negotiated between Member States during informal consultations. Before the start of the negotiation process between Member States, Youth-led organisations had been invited to submit their inputs for the outcome document. The UN Programme on Youth had received inputs from 89 youth organisations, representing young people all over the globe.
Secretary-General's remarks at high-level meeting on youth side event: "Giving it back, passing it on": Corporate Engagement and Youth Philanthropy as Pathways to Development, New York, 27 July 2011