The role of the private sector in investing in youth-led solutions to achieve the promise of the SDGs

Event details

Date:7 July 2022 – 13 April 2024
Time:9-10:30 EST
Venue:United Nations German Mission and Zoom
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The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Justice Call together with the Permanent Missions of South Africa, Germany and Denmark to the United Nations hosted a hybrid Roundtable Discussion on ‘The role of the private sector in investing in youth-led Solutions to achieve the promise of the SDGs’ on 7 July 7 2022 from 9 to 10:30 am EST at the United Nations German Mission and on Zoom.
  • E. Ambassador Mathu Joyini, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations.
  • E. AmbassadorAntje, Leendertse, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations (TBC).
  • Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary General, Peacebuilding Support, United Nations.
  • Kristen Woolf, Vice President of Programs, EMpower: the Emerging Markets Foundation.
  • Fredrick Teufell, Lead Coordinator- Partnerships, Innovation, Private Sector Development, African Development Bank.
  • Vivek Singh, Head of Portfolio (Employment and Entrepreneurship), IKEA Foundation.
  • Khaled Emam, Executive Director, Justice Call will be the speakers.

The global youth population is estimated to be over 1.8 billion young people with 90 per cent living in developing countries. Most of the youth-led organisations working to build peace and equitable development in their communities struggle to fund their activities. Some of the key issues on the agenda were the disconnect between funding supply and demand and the different ways the private sector could help to bridge that gap. The organisers aimed to produce an outcome document that will identify the core principles for private sector investment in youth-led organisations. This was a starting point for a call to create a multi-stakeholder working group, supported by the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security Financing Taskforce, to discuss opportunities to increase private sector investment at this level.