About WYC 2016


The World Youth Conference 2016 will take place from 12th November – 14th November 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, India. The event is hosting by Republic of India under the aegis of International Youth Committee (IYC) in collaboration with various public and private sectors.

WYC 2016‘s Cross-cutting theme is ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’. WYC 2016 will facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of various global issues of the world which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) of the United Nation. The Conference will also create an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the SDG's, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the SDG framework and its implementation.

It brings together young delegates from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences on different issues, detect common preoccupations and to develop realistic action plans to rebuild communities that meet the needs and aspirations of young people. The event allows people to voice their ideas and concerns and make suggestions directly.

Today’s youth are arising to shape the present and futures of their countries. They want to be heard, to be included in decision making debates and to make change. Student’s engagement, social innovation, fostering democracy, youth employment, conflict and sustainable development are amongst the issues that have been discussed on the floor of the “WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE 2016”.

The conference will foster information exchange between persons who have faced many different types of issues (not directly human – made, although many have significant contributory factors from human activity and environmental change).

The Conference is expected to bring together 1500 participants, half of them young people, aged 18 to 29, and 350 of them will come from marginalized backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. A minimum of three official youth delegates will be selected by the country coordinator of each country. In addition to this, 350 more young people belonging to under-represented groups will be selected by the International Country Coordinator. Furthermore, as many as 300 youth delegates who are Indian from 29 states will be selected. The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth, the “New Delhi Youth Declaration”.

The aim of the Conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WYC provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, IGOs and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies.

The SDGs and Paris Agreement provide a comprehensive global action agenda for the years 2016 to 2030. These intensely negotiated agreements offer the international community a bold, people-centered and planet-sensitive development framework that requires transformational changes in governance and institutional performance. This Conference will provide an inclusive space focused on youth for global empowerment and sustainable development as the key to advancing the SDGs.