Youth Forum

Inaugural Edition:

Youth Want Impact: Changing Businesses for Good

How can we balance purpose with profit?

In the next decade, humanity, half of which is below the age of 30, must meet the collective challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With their energy, optimism, and openness to new technologies, young people can lead the change to achieve the world we want by 2030. Unlike previous generations, young people are redefining the purpose of businesses globally, driven by the conviction that business is key to promoting social good and the sustainability of our planet.

Together, let’s build a platform for positive change and development, a portal to vital networking and knowledge, and an incubator for lasting initiatives and inspiration.


The clock will soon start ticking for the ten-year countdown to 2030, the target date for the achievement of the SDGs and a sustainable future for generations to come. The inaugural Misk-OSGEY Youth Forum aims to support young people to lead the way in transforming the purpose of business, by growing the number of global entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (entrepreneurship within an existing organization) for good.


Participants will be provided tips to transform their businesses and bring positive change through a series of hands-on sessions.


Will be announced soon 


On 23 September 2019 from 1pm to 6pm, during the UN General Assembly Week, on the sidelines of the Climate Summit.


300 young people with extraordinary commitment to a better world and leadership.

Redefining the Purpose of Businesses.

An increasing number of young people are taking development issues into their own hands. Whether as social entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs, they are redefining the purpose of business away from simple profitability into a quest for broader social prosperity. With 4 out of 5 millennials believing that a business’ success should be measured by more than just its financial performance, this is a unique opportunity to transform businesses into key, positive players that address global challenges.

Empowering Youth as Entrepreneurs of Change.

Half of the world’s population is below the age of 30, yet only a limited proportion of them are actively involved in driving change within their communities and organizations. Many of them feel that their aspirations are frustrated by a systemic lack of support – the very reason 45% are still hesitating to start their own businesses.

Changing Both New and Existing Organizations for Good.

Young people have a greater role – and stake – in achieving the SDGs than ever before. This Misk- OSGEY Youth Forum stands as a new platform for empowering young people as global citizens. Together we will identify support mechanisms, discuss best practices, and share skills to aspiring global social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, so they can become the changemakers needed to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.


Misk Global Forum was established in 2016 as the ongoing, international platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established in 2011 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy and active global citizens. MGF takes this mission around the world, through engagement, partnerships and events, bringing young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change.


Established in 2013, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) plays an instrumental role in leading the UN global efforts to promote youth development and mainstream youth needs, rights and priorities across the three pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. OSGEY actively promotes the expansion of the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all areas of the UN’s work, at global, regional and country levels, and plays a catalytic role in harmonization efforts to advance youth issues across the UN-System in a coherent and coordinated way.

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