Manipur’s Sadam Hanjabam among 2 from India to attend UN’s Youth Forum 2023 in New York

Imphal: Sadam Hanjabam, founder and CEO of Ya_All, has been invited to attend the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) 2023 Youth Forum scheduled to be held from April 25-27 in New York city, United States.

Ya_All is an Imphal-based registered queer and youth led, and youth focused organisation and it is the first such organisation in India working for the welfare of queer persons and mental health.

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Hanjabam was earlier featured in Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry’s Apple TV+ show The Me You Can’t See.

As informed by Sadam, he is among the two youths from India who has been invited to attend the Youth Forum under the theme, “Accelerating the COVID-19 recovery and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda with and for youth”.

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The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum will provide a platform for young leaders from around the world to engage in dialogue among themselves and with United Nations Member States and share ideas for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels. 

The Forum will also serve as a unique space for young people to share their vision and recommendations for consideration at major upcoming United Nations meetings, including the 2023 Economic and Social Council, the 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the SDG Summit, which will take place in September 2023.

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Moreover, the Forum is a key platform for youth participation in the work of the United Nations. It gives young people a voice in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Member States’ youth delegates, young parliamentarians and other youth leaders, as well as Ministers of Youth, have regularly participated at the Forum to exchange views on global solutions and to create an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

The Forum is jointly organised by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY), in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO).

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