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Forum of children, adolescents and youth of Latin America and the Caribbean

Celso Furtado Conference Room

Session |
Mon, 15/04/2024 - 09:00 to 12:15


Session with interpretation in English and Spanish, and international sign language

Primary objective

  • Provide an inclusive platform for official and direct participation of children and youth from the region within the framework of the VII Forum of the Countries of Latin American and Caribbean on Sustainable Development and the ECOSOC Youth Forum. By doing so, the voices of children and youth from the region can be effectively represented in these esteemed gatherings, aligning with the prioritized SDGs for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2024.
  • Aims to enable more children and youth to articulate, propose, and institutionalize their actions, projects, and initiatives as meaningful contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This endeavor is in line with the mandate of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and echoes the Rio+20 Declaration, which emphasizes the necessity of creating avenues for youth participation.


Session will feature Child Protection Officers

08:00-09:00   Reception of participants

09:00-09:15   Welcome address

  • Valentina Paz Carrasco Soto, IPPF 
  • Alberto Arenas de Mesa, Director de la División de Desarrollo Social, CEPAL 
  • Felipe Paullier, Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs (video)

09:15-09:30   Presentation of Youth regional processes

  • Jemiah Prince, Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tally Arriagada, Red Latinoamericana de Egresados de Residencias de Protección

09:30-10:15   Interactive Plenary on SDG 17

  • Raquel Santos García, ECLAC
  • Anaís y Bryan, MMI-LAC Representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean Movement for Children
  • Danielle Mullings, Project Manager UNICEF Jamaica
  • Kirstie Lopez, GIZ

Moderadora: Valentina Paz Carrasco Soto, IPPF

10:15-10:55   Youth of the region towards the Summit of the Future


  • Christy Wong, The Millennials Movement
  • Jemiah Prince, Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Trinidad and Tobago

Digital tools will be used in this session

10:55:11:20   Coffee Break

11:20-11:30   Official Photo


Young Leaders

Moderator: Maria Sujkowska,  Global Focal Point, Children and Youth LAC Group, Corporación de Estudios y Desarrollo Norte Grande  

  • Leticia Leobet, Geledes, Brasil
  • Jose Gudiño, Indigenous Youth Network, Venezuela
  • Genaro Godoy, CGlobal Youth Coalition, Chile
  • Jemiah Prince, Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Rosario Diaz Garavito, The Millennials Movement, Perú
  • Staycey Laicha, ERITAJ, Haití
  • Anielka Palma Rugama, IDA, Nicaragua

I. Youth Driving Global Transformations

  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group 
  • José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary, ECLAC

II. Youth Perspectives on Regional Challenges

  • Najat Maalla M'jid, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (online) 
  • Michelle Muschett, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP
  • Susana Sottoli, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNFPA, representing the Regional Interagency Working Group on Youth of the United Nations
  • Mario Lubetkin, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean

13:30-14:30   Lunch Break