Events & Webinars
The Vatican Youth Symposium gathers a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and disciplines for an annual event at the Vatican. For two days, these young people will work towards solutions on the biggest challenges facing our world today.
The Vatican Youth Symposium gathers a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and disciplines for an annual event at the Vatican, during which young people come together to work towards solutions on the biggest challenges facing our world today.
The next Symposium will be held December 15-17, 2021. It will convene youth leaders from around the world with the support of SDSN Youth and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The Symposium brings together some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders to connect with young people to create pathways of understanding and action to shape a sustainable world for future generations. Leaders of civil society, faith communities, businesses, academia, celebrity activists and members of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates, will join and offer their guidance and partnership with the youth leaders.
The theme, “Global Youth Movements; Leading Change for the Good of Present & Future Generations ” will frame sessions devoted to the dimensions of youth empowerment and intergenerational leadership, with discussions on how COVID-19 presents both an enormous challenge and unforeseen opportunities for advancing sustainable development globally.
Core sessions will be categorized into thematic areas split over two days: Transformative Education and Global Citizenship, Human Rights and Dignity, Sustainable Cities & Communities, and Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology, presenting inspiring messages of how the synergy between the creativity of younger generations and the expertise of older ones can create progressive change.
Global Events & Partnerships
The SDGs are truly audacious goals, and we believe that achieving them requires strong teamwork. It doesn't matter what you - if you are working towards sustainable development, and want to work with young people - let's explore what we can do!
We can amplify your work with our youth network and/or broader SDSN network of academic experts and partners. Running training programs? Do you fund youth solutions? We're always looking for opportunities to share.
Tap into a community of passionate young people. It's important for us to design for the next generation.
How does the SDSN Youth Executive Team select the member organizations?
The selection process consists of a criteria list:
Who does the SDSN Youth Membership Program work with?
Universities, academic and cultural institutions, university teams, student associations, youth-led organizations, research institutions, community initiatives, and digital platforms.
What are the benefits of joining the Youth Membership Program?
What are some of the opportunities Member Organizations have as part of the program?
The partnership will identify, mentor, and unlock youth-led social entrepreneurial projects for the SDGs in selected IB students and educators around the world.
Co-hosted by SDSN Youth and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), the Vatican Youth Symposium (VYS) brings together youth leaders and experts to strengthen the global movement for sustainable development.
Traditionally held at the Casina Pio IV in Vatican City, the 2020 VYS will take on a virtual format due to the constraints of the global pandemic. While we will miss convening within the walls of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and the ability to connect in-person, this virtual format has granted us with the opportunity to reach an even greater audience.