Advanced Youth Leadership Programme

“Youth for South (Y4S): Advanced Youth Leadership Programme” is an umbrella facility dedicated to supporting South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives, projects and activities in promoting youth leadership and capacity development for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)


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The outcome document of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40)( A/RES/73/291) highlighted and recognized the role South-South and triangular cooperation plays in capacity building, strengthening human resources and leveraging the role of education and human development to create employment opportunities particularly in the areas of science technology, innovation, and technical and vocational education.

UNOSSC launched Youth4South: Advanced Youth Leadership Programme with Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FC-SSC), IFAD, NOREC-Norway, UNFPA and the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment in November 2017. Youth4South is designed as an umbrella facility that aims at facilitating capacity development for youth from developing countries to learn and adapt South-South and triangular cooperation knowledge and tools for scaling up Southern development solutions to bring sustainable development to their home country and local communities.

Youth4South aims to:

1) Support the exchange of knowledge mutual learning among young people globally.

2) Provide capacity development opportunities for youth to learn, adapt and apply South-South and triangular cooperation tools and methods in scaling up sustainable development solutions and projects in their home community, institution, and country contexts.

3) Provide accesses to expertise, mentorships, resources, and networks.

4)Promote dialogue between youth and development stakeholders and increase youth participation in global dialogue.



Youth4South Pillars



Youth4South Stories


participants from the First Youth for South Orientation Training
Istanbul, 20-22 June 2018


Participants share their experience from training in April 2019 on SSC for rural transformation in He-Bian Village of Yunnan Province of China.


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Linking South-South Youth Engagement with Sustainable Development

Twenty-eight young entrepreneurs from developing countries came together with local youth at the “Youth Innovation and Sustainable Development” Conference held in Shenzhen, China from 13-16 November 2019. The programme provided an opportunity for the young entrepreneurs to pitch their initiatives and […]
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11th edition of the African Private Sector Forum kicks off in Madagascar Antananarivo, Madagascar The 11th edition of the African Private Sector Forum focused on the impact of the private sector on Africa’s economic growth. “South-South Cooperation is absolutely critical […]
November 5, 2019

Unleashing Entrepreneurship and Leadership Potential of Women and Youth

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October 31, 2019

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The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) will engage with local leaders private sector stakeholders, think tanks and development practitioners during the 11th African Private Sector Forum, organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with UNOSSC and the Organisation […]
October 25, 2019

UNOSSC and WFP China Collaborate to Promote SSTC Focusing on Youth and Cities

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the World Food Programme China Center of Excellence (WFP China) committed to a new partnership focusing on youth and cities today. During a meeting in Beijing the two parties agreed to collaborate […]
October 17, 2019

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – South-South Cooperation Toward Achieving SDG1

The target of Agenda 2030 is to eradicate extreme poverty. Even though global extreme poverty is on the decline, recent statistics show that the rate of decline has slowed. South-South cooperation can play a significant role in getting us back […]
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10,000 Young Entrepreneurs for the Global South

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