Their Future, Their Voice: the power of youth in tackling today’s challenges

According to the United Nations Population Fund, the world is home to 1.8 billion young people, that is, the largest generation of youth in history (UNFPA, 2019). Faced with today’s global challenges, their massive mobilization whether it be through education, technology, entrepreneurship or activism demonstrates the power they hold in raising awareness in their communities, … Continued

Bracing for tomorrow: Perspectives on the UN Summit of the Future

In September 2024, the United Nations will convene the Summit of the Future on the theme ‘Multilateral Solutions for a Better Tomorrow.’ The event is described as a ‘a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reaffirm existing commitments including to the SDGs and the UN Charter, and … Continued

Closing ceremony

It’s a wrap! During this session, which will conclude the 2023 two-day action-packed Forum, the 10 Scale-up projects that will benefit from one year of dedicated and customized support will be announced following their selection by a jury of experts. This year, you’re also in for a final surprise with a special artistic performance by … Continued

Facing Climate Overshoot Risks: Youth Lead the Response

Session co-organized with the Climate Overshoot Commission. The risk of overshooting the 1.5°C warming goal of the Paris Agreement is looming, posing severe threats to younger generations’ health, food security, water availability, or migration patterns, among many other risks. The Climate Overshoot Commission put forward an integrated strategy—the CARE Agenda—focusing on Cutting emissions, Adaptation, carbon … Continued

Seeds of Collaboration: Franco-African Partnerships in Agri-Food Systems

Session co-organized with the French-African Foundation. Amidst the challenges of climate change and food insecurity, Franco-African collaborations emerge as beacons of hope. Initiatives in sustainable fertilizers, agricultural value addition or better smallholder farmers’ market access enable to enhance productivity and boost incomes in Africa. France’s proactive engagement through initiatives like FARM amplify these efforts. By … Continued

Bridging Global and Local Perspectives – Integrating Artisanal Mining as Key for the Energy Transition

Session co-organized with the Fair Cobalt Alliance. The share of global mining production sourced from Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) is substantial (10-12% of the world’s cobalt supply), and is set to grow further as the demand for minerals essential to the energy transition increases. ASM is fundamental for livelihoods, employing an estimated 50 million … Continued

Stepping up Child Safety Online

Being offline is no longer an option for many children and youth today. The digital revolution has brought them easier access to education, information and knowledge and new ways to express themselves and socialize.  But these benefits also come with serious risks. According to the 2023 Global Threat Assessment online, child sexual exploitation, abuse and … Continued

On the road to the “Nutrition for Growth” (N4G) Summit

The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit will take place in Paris in 2025. Following on from the summits in London in 2012 and Tokyo in 2021, this will be a major event given the scale of the issue, which covers obesity (more than 30% of humanity), malnutrition and undernutrition (more than 25% of humanity) and … Continued

Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry

In a world dominated by a rising US-China rivalry and damaged by conflicts, climate change and the lingering consequences of the pandemic especially on the most vulnerable countries, it is as urgent as ever to find common ground on the governance of global commons and global public goods. But one can wonder if it is … Continued