UN MGCY Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Youth Forum 2019 – Quito, Ecuador (Limited Funding Available)

UN MGCY Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Youth Forum 2019 – Quito, Ecuador (Limited Funding Available)

Deadline: October 10, 2019

The United Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) invites applications for participation in the Global Forum on Migration and Development – GFMD Youth Forum 2019. This event is a side event of the 2019 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit. The annual GFMD summit is a state-led, informal and non-binding process which helps shape the global debate on migration and development.

The GFMD Youth Forum will be held in Quito right before the GFMD Summit, from 17-18 November.

About the Forum

We need youth to have access to a space where they are able to discuss youth-specific migration challenges, needs and opportunities, in order to consolidate solid policy priorities around the key issues of migration and development.

It is for this reason that the UN MGCY is organizing the Youth Forum. The Youth Forum’s programme will discuss key issues identified in last year’s summit, including education and decent jobs for youth migrants, and on the themes related to the GFMD agenda, including “facilitating the economic and social inclusion of migrants”, “providing regular pathways from crisis to safety”, and “shaping public narratives on migrants and migration”. The Youth Forum programme is built to be highly pertinent to these issues discussed during the GFMD Summit, as this allows the outcomes of the Youth Forum to feed into the rountables of the GFMD.

During the Youth Forum, they will add focuses on youth priority themes, such as Education and Child Detention, and will endeavour to discuss the other topics with a youth lens. They will also focus on identifying already existing youth-led and/or youth-focused actions on these issues and present ways to scale or replicate them in partnership with other stakeholders. In each session, they will also make sure they consider specific vulnerabilities and opportunities related to gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and disability.


UN MGCY is working hard to raise funds and might be able to offer scholarships based on merit and need – with special attention to under-represented countries and populations, especially from Low Income Countries. However, they will have limited funding available and they strongly encourage prospective participants to proactively ask their institutions, universities, governments, international youth groups or development organizations for financial support to cover their airfare and accommodation in Quito, Ecuador.


  • Open to representatives of youth-led and/or serving civil society organizations
  • Applicants must be under the age of 31
  • Applicants are meaningfully engaged in relevant work in their communities

The GFMD Youth Forum will count on the presence of 50 representatives from youth-led and/or serving civil society organizations (under the age of 31) who are meaningfully engaged in relevant work in their communities. They aim for a balanced representation, including aspects of regional, social, religious, age and gender representation.

Taking into account that the Forum is taking place in Ecuador, they aim for 25 delegates representing Latin American countries (of which at least 10 representing Ecuador).


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit GFMD Youth Forum.