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UNGASS Against Corruption Youth Forum

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is organising a Youth Forum on Countering Corruption through Collaboration: Youth Perspectives and Engagement” from Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 May 2021. The event is being held fully virtually, on New York time. Please find the concept note and programme attached. These documents are also available online at:

The Youth Forum is being organised as a special event that will directly contribute to the United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation to be held from 2 to 4 June 2021 at UNHQ in New York.

Recognising the effect of corruption on young people, and the value of youth perspectives in working to curb it, the Youth Forum is intended to provide a platform for young people to share ideas about how to amplify youth-led actions and enhance youth engagement in anti-corruption efforts around the globe.

The main elements and ideas discussed at this Youth Forum will be directly communicated to Heads of State and Government through a Youth Forum Summary Statement to be delivered by a youth forum representative during the opening segment of UNGASS itself. The Youth Forum Summary Statement will also be transmitted to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Over the course of three days, three thematic panel discussions will be held on the topics of:

  1. Corruption and its effect on young people

  2. Youth engagement in preventing and combating corruption

  3. Youth expectations for UNGASS and beyond

REGISTRATION: Registration is now open until 5 May through the link contained in the concept note or by clicking on the following link: Further details about the Youth Forum will be provided to registered participants after 5 May, including how to get involved in discussions in the lead-up to the event.

We encourage you to disseminate information about the UNGASS Youth Forum to your networks.

Should you have any questions about the Youth Forum, please contact Hannah Stallard, UNODC New York Liaison Office (

We hope you will join us to stand #unitedagainstcorruption!

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