At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing to a new global multisector partnership to reduce extreme poverty and achieve other development outcomes with a deadline of 2015. While there were some failures in implementing some of the goals, the global leaders have regrouped and included the youth as major actors in post-2015 development agenda. In September 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Youth organizations, multilateral service partners, UN bodies, NGOs and other private sector stakeholders need to find common ground in shared principles and values to most effectively tackle the daunting challenges of sustainable development and youth engagement in positive social change. The Global Forum on Youth Leadership and Service for Peace and Development will bring together global partners and stakeholders to assess progress, priorities and best practices in meeting sustainable development goals. The Forum will advance an action agenda to engage youth in cross-cultural service to encourage entrepreneurship, promote opportunity and counter the appeal of violent extremism.