Dr Boglárka Illés, Deputy State Secretary for Youth Affairs and Equal Opportunities represented Hungary at the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
The Forum was opened by President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson, President of ECOSOC Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi as well as a youth representative. Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the participants by video.
Addressing the interactive ministerial plenary panel, Ms Illés presented successful Hungarian policies aimed at promoting youth employment. On the margins of the Forum, she participated in several side events, focusing on regional challenges of youth policy and political participation of the youth, among others. She held a fruitful discussion with a group of UN Youth Delegates, listening to their experiences and proposals, and sharing Hungarian best practices and frameworks for youth engagement in policy- and decision-making.
Hungarian UN Youth Delegate András Volom also actively participated at the Forum.