UNGASS Youth Forum – Countering Corruption through Collaboration: Youth Perspectives and Engagement


Summary statement | Report

Webstory | Programme

Bios of high-level speakers, moderators, panelists and rapporteurs

Concept Note | Logistical information

Social media engagement

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Over 300 participants from 93 nationalities joined the Youth Forum on “Countering Corruption through Collaboration: Youth Perspectives and Engagement”, organized by the United Nations Office on Crime (UNODC) New York Liaison Office as a special event to directly contribute to the special session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) against corruption, and held as a virtual event from 24 to 26 May 2021. Participants included individual young persons, representatives from 93 civil society organisations, including many youth-led organizations, 21 participants from academia and seven international and regional organizations.

High-level opening session

The high-level opening session featured remarks by the H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the General Assembly (video and statement), Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (statement), Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth as well as a musical performance by Cill Soul, Fair Play Winner 2020. The high-level opening was moderated by Delphine Schantz, Representative, UNODC New York Liaison Office.

Roundtable discussions

Over the course of the three days, three interactive roundtable discussions provided an opportunity to hear from over 75 youth and expert speakers who spoke as panellists, delivered interventions from the virtual floor, or posed questions on the following themes:

  1. Corruption and its effect on young people
  2. Youth engagement in preventing and combating corruption
  3. Youth expectations for UNGASS and beyond

The informal report prepared by the Youth Forum Rapporteurs summarizes the roundtable discussions.

Further details about the Youth Forum are contained in the concept note, programme, bios of high-level speakers, moderators, panellists and rapporteurs, and logistical information.

Youth Forum summary statement

Serena Ibrahim, Founder of Youth against Corruption, Lebanon, was selected by the President of the General Assembly to deliver a youth statement, summarizing the outcome of the Youth Forum discussions, during the opening of the special session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) against corruption, held at the United Nations headquarters from on 2 to 4 June 2021.

Counter-corruption concert

Following the conclusion of the formal programme, “Fair Play”, created by Transparency International and Jeunesses Musicales International to promote the anti-corruption agenda through music, hosted a digital concert of anti-corruption youth voices featuring previous winners of Fair Play’s international music competition.