Together, the Africa we want is in reach

From 4-5 November, the continent’s largest youth summit in sustainable development convenes again: this time, on the world’s largest stage.

3rd African Youth Sustainable Development Goals Summit

4-5 November 2020

Hybrid (Virtual + Physical)

The African Youth SDGs Summit is Africa’s largest youth forum on the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched in 2017, the Summit has evolved to bring together a multi-sector coalition of youth, development experts, government and UN entities, NGOs and the private sector to create the Africa we want together.

For the first time, the African Youth Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit will be held both virtually and physically. We look forward to welcoming participants across Africa and around the world to connect and participate virtually, alongside a limited, in-person gathering of participants in Accra, Ghana.

Connect, network, and learn from a pan-African audience and contribute to an inspiring and constructive debate on the role of youth in the SDGs. Africa’s future is ours if we reach for it together. Are you in?


Securing the sustainable development agenda beyond the COVID-19 era

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

10:30-12:00 • Opening Plenary and High-Level Addresses

12:00-1:00 • Break and Networking Sessions

1:00-3:00 • High-Level Plenary Session

3:00-4:00 • Break, Exhibition, and Networking Sessions

4:00-4:30 • Closing Session

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

10:00-11:00 • Opening Remarks, Day 2

11:00-12:00 • Parallel Sessions

12:30-13:00 • Break, Exhibition, and Networking Sessions

13:00-14:30 • Presentation of SDG Innovation Challenge Finalists

14:30-15:30 • High-level Plenary

15:30-16:30 • Closing Remarks and Announcement of Host Country for 2021

The 3rd Summit coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Sustainable Development Agenda’s adoption and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations. 

Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic and its emergency response have dominated African and international attention, the Sustainable Development Agenda has never been under greater threat. 

Will you help us secure the development agenda of the future?


Be challenged to reflect on your SDG journey as leading decisionmakers and activists alike reflect on the SDGs. With more participants able to join than ever before, thanks to the virtual format, this will be a Summit like no other.


Contribute to an inspiring, open and constructive debate on youth participation in SDGs implementation, monitoring and accountability.


Network strategically with youth leaders, organization and other leaders, businesses, and other key stakeholders working on the SDGs. 


Dare to envision innovative new ideas for achieving the sustainable development agenda, while taking part in practical programmes to learn how to create solutions: the Summit is onlya beginning. 

Anticipated keynote speakers include

H.E. Nana Afuko-Addo

President of Ghana, Co-Chair of the United Nations Eminent Group of SDG Advocates

H.E. Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda

Jayathma Wickramanayake

United Nations Youth Envoy

Aya Chebbi

African Union Youth Envoy

Wamkele Mene

Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area

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