High-level Panel and Thematic Solution Forum on Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship for SGDs


The 2018 GSSD Expo is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 28 to 30 November 2018. The GSSD Expo is an annual event organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in its capacity as the UN General-Assembly mandated UN system-wide and global coordinator for South-South and triangular cooperation. The GSSD Expo engages all development actors, including member states governments, UN agencies, IGOs, CSOs, the private sector, academic and philanthropic organizations, to strategically showcase and scale up concrete Southern-grown development solutions and initiatives for sustainable development.

The 2018 GSSD Expo will be one of the last major opportunities for stakeholders to come up with evidence-based policy dialogues and knowledge discussions before the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) scheduled to take place in Buenos Aries March 2019. The theme of the 2018 GSSD Expo is “Showcasing Institutions Supporting South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Preparation for BAPA+40”. Thematic discussions of 2018 GSSD Expo will include South-South Cooperation in poverty eradication, livelihood recovery, youth entrepreneurship, innovative financing mechanisms, peace and development, health, green growth, sustainable cities, impact assessment, private sector investments and etc.

The High-level Panel on Youth Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development through South-South Cooperation at the GSSD Expo 2018 aims to showcase achievements and good practices of the partners in promoting youth entrepreneurship for sustainable societies, resilient and safe communities. It will also create a space for new/innovative partnership initiatives and ideas supporting entrepreneurship opportunities among youth on global, regional and national levels. Ministerial panelists from SSTC partnering countries will share multi-stakeholder partnership initiatives and led by countries and supported UN agencies, IGOs and private sector partners.

Youth4South (Y4S): Advanced Youth Leadership Programme of the UNOSSC, launched in Nov 2017 in partnership with FC-SSC, IFAD, UNFPA, FK Norway, CISSCA, targets cross-cutting topics of agriculture, rural development, reproductive health and entrepreneurship, and aims to develop capacities of established young leaders from developing countries with knowledge, tools and networks offered by South-South and triangular cooperation for exchanges and scaling up of home-grown solutions. Y4S aligns its thematic focuses with targeted thematic areas of Youth Strategy 2030 of the United Nations.


The “Youth4South: Advanced Youth Leadership Programme” is an umbrella facility dedicated to supporting South-South cooperation to promote youth leadership and capacity development of youth.

Like other UN youth initiatives, the Youth4South joins the UN Youth Strategy 2030 and its common goal: contribute to the resilience of their communities, with innovative Southern solutions, driving social progress and inspiring political change, in urban as well as rural contexts. Young leaders coming from various backgrounds and contexts with proven leadership history come together to catalyze achievement of SDGs through practical South-South learning and exchange of best solutions adaptable to their home communities. It is the opportunity to learn about South-South and Triangular Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals and reach out to more young people around the world. It has an absolute impact and link to the UN Youth Strategy 2030 and UNOSSC Strategy on learning and transferring solutions between developing countries.

“Youth4South” aims to:

  • Support the exchange of Southern knowledge and solutions and facilitate mutual learning among young people globally.
  • Provide capacity development training for youth leaders so that they can learn, adapt and apply South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTrC) tools and methods to implement and scale-up sustainable development solutions and projects in their home community, institution and country contexts.
  • Provide youth leaders from developing countries accesses to expertise, resources and networks offered by partners of South-South cooperation, to support their efforts in scaling up innovative solutions in promoting sustainable development.
  • Promote dialogue between youth and development stakeholders in areas of critical importance to youth such as leadership and empowerment, political participation, skills development, gender equality, and women and youth empowerment.

Increase youth engagement and participation in global dialogues and discussions including ECOSOC Youth Forum, World Programme of Action for Youth, BAPA+40, Global South-South Development Expo, and World Expo 2020.

Link to the Youth4South Website: https://www.unsouthsouth.org/youth4south/



In line with 32 United Nations General Assembly Resolutions about Youth involvement in peace, security, social development, youth involvement and mutual understanding, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation established the Youth for South Facility. It has several pillars aimed at increased representation and participation of younger generation in policy and decision making through exchange of their ideas, solutions and practical start-ups contributing into economic prosperity, social security and political stability of the Global South.

This high-level discussion panel targets practical steps already made by the Governing bodies in the regions for inclusion and participation of youth in entrepreneurship of diverse nature from Africa, Asia, Europe and Pacific regions. Young training alumnus with their proposals for entrepreneurial start-ups will complement the discussions feeding in with fresh ideas for development of youth in the regions.

The panel will consist of high level statements from Senior Officials and Ministerial Representatives showcasing Southern institution/country achievements policy/practical solutions.

The second part of the panel will be interactive and substantive dialogues among UN partners and IGOs and Youth beneficiaries.

The Panel will be concluded with

Launching the UNOSSC Youth4South Programme-Youth Entrepreneurship Cluster and link it with “YouthKonnectAfrica”, with Rwanda as a Champion of the Africa Continent.

Announcing the “Youth4South Leadership Fund” with potentials for support of youth entrepreneurship initiatives for Agenda 2030 with pool funding from partners.

Participants: (500 persons) Youth participants globally, Partners from China, Africa, the CIS and Europe, Governments/Ministries, Technical Cooperation Agencies, UN Agencies, International Finance Institutions and Civil Society

Contact: kanykei.ergesheva@unossc.org



Moderator:  Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC

3:20 – 3:30 Opening and Keynote Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake
UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth
3:30 – 3:45 UNV-IBSA project to support youth development in Cambodia His Excellency Mr. Serei Chumneas
Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), Cambodia (interpreted by Ms. Markara Nuon)

Short Video of Voice of Volunteers

Complemented by
Ms. Alexandra Solovieva
Chief, External and Communications Section, UNV

3:45 – 3:52 China-Africa Development Fund supported youth entrepreneurship initiatives Madam YANG Baohua
Chairman of the Board, China Africa Development Fund
3:52 – 4:05 UNESCO Imitative: Artiel Gabon Partnership

“Training my Generation Gabon 5000”

Project Manager, The Program Train My Generation: GABON 5000 at the UNESCO Office, Libreville/Gabon

Complemented by
Ms. Clare Stark
Strategic Planning Specialist and UNESCO South-South Cooperation Focal Point

Short Video Message from Her Excellency Mme Ndaot Carmen, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Gabon & testimonies from Project young beneficiaries

4:05 – 4:10 Youth4South Partner


Ms. Joyce Zhang
Vice Director-General,  Finance Center for South-South Cooperation and South-South Education Foundation.
4:10 – 4:25  Questions for the Panelists Questions for ALL Panelists

From your organization’s perspective, how can UN system better support youth engagement and youth entrepreneurship in achieving SDGs globally?

4:25 – 4:35  Floor Interaction Ms. Nur Chariroh
Youth Champions Indonesia for ILO SafeYouth@Work Project

Mr. Liu Ke
Project Manager, IBSA Funded UNV Project in Cambodia

4:35 – 4:40  Closing Remarks Mr. Jorge Chediek
Envoy of the SG on SSC and Director of the UNOSSC





Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang

Deputy Director, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang is the Deputy Director for Programmes and Operations at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). Ms. Wang brings to the position extensive senior leadership experience in brokering knowledge exchange, facilitating partnerships, and strengthening the capacities of countries to engage in South-South and triangular cooperation.

Ms. Wang has most recently served as the Lead Advisor on South-South and Triangular Cooperation at the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In that capacity, she initiated and spearheaded the establishment of the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for South- South Cooperation – the South-South Global Thinkers Initiative, jointly supported by UNOSSC and UNDP.

Prior to that Ms. Wang worked as UNDP’s Poverty Practice Manager for five years, overseeing integrated workplans, knowledge management, communications, global programmes and trust funds, as well as office administration and operations. Between 2002 and 2009, Ms. Wang served in the UNDP Country Office in China where she was Team Leader for Democratic Governance and HIV and AIDS, and managed poverty alleviation programmes. Before joining UNDP in 2002, Ms. Wang worked with governments, international non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and media outlets.

She is a Chinese national and holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the University of London.


Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work – sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action – and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country.

Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named “Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.


H.E. Mr. Serei Chumneas

Under Secretary of the State, The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia

H.E. SEREI CHUMNEAS he worked for National Committee for Disaster Management/NCDM from 2004-2005 and the Ministry of Rural Development 2006-2007 as adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister of Rural Development. He served as a Minister Cabinet‘s Officer, and the adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport from 2004-2014. From 2014 to presently, he is the Under Secretary of State, The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, of Cambodia.


Madam YANG Baohu

Chairman of the Board, China-Africa Development Fund

Madam Yang Baohuaholds a Master’s degree in Economics. She is a senior accountant, certified public accountant, and national leading expert in the fields of accounting and finance. She has worked at China Energy Resources Investment Corporation, China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation, and China Development Bank (CDB) successively. Her previous positions in CDB include Director General of Operations Department and Director General of Finance & Accounting Department. She studied at Boston University as a senior visiting fellow from 2003 to 2004, completing the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program sponsored by the government of the United States. She was given the Special Government Allowance of the State Council in 2011.


Ms. Alexandra Solovieva

Chief, External Relations and Communications Section, United Nations Volunteers

Alexandra Solovieva leads external relations and communications at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), that deploys over 6,500 UN volunteers and a further 17,000 online UN volunteers each year in support of peace and development worldwide. She promotes volunteerism and innovative volunteer solutions as means of achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through her work, she strengthens new and emerging partnerships and South-South cooperation.

Alexandra Solovieva held several appointments in the UN system starting in the 1990s including Deputy Country Director in India, Programme Specialist in Asia and the Pacific region, Management Specialist in headquarters, and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in the Lao PDR. She has initiated key policy initiatives and projects ranging from women’s empowerment and skilling, to accelerated governance and livelihoods, climate and energy efficiency, development of youth, private sector, results-based management and UN reform.
Alexandra Solovieva holds Master’s Degrees in Oriental Studies and in Public Administration



Project Manager, The Program Train My Generation: GABON 5000 at the UNESCO Office, Libreville/Gabon

Previously: Research Teacher, member of the Group of Political Studies and Defense at the Research in Human and Social Science Institute (IRSH – CENAREST), Lecturer at the National Institute of Management (INSG), Libreville; Legal Advisor to the General Commissioner of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CENAREST).


Ms. Clare Stark

Strategic Planning Specialist, UNESCO

Clare Stark joined UNESCO in 2005. She has 15 years of experience in strategic planning, developing strategic partnerships, international development cooperation and conducting research on sustainable development issues. She is a Strategic Planning Specialist in the Bureau of Strategic Planning and UNESCO’s South-South Cooperation and LDC focal point. She is responsible for developing strategic partnership agreements with UN partners and coordinating UNESCO’s work to promote South-South Cooperation to support countries in achieving the 2030 Agenda, and UNESCO’s implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs. She is also responsible for developing strategic position papers, reports and publications on a range of sustainable development issues, including biotechnology/converging technologies, the green economy, LDCs, sustainable management of the ocean, globalization, and UNESCO’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda and the Financing for Development Report.


Ms. Joyce Zhang

Vice Director-General of the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation and South-South Education Foundation

Her main responsibilities involve managing the daily operations; international affairs coordination of the two organizations; and bridging the gap between the private sector, the public sector and the international organizations and institutions. Ms Zhang has a background in finance and law and previously she worked in the investment space in Hong Kong and in Public-Private Partnership in Beijing, China.

Ms. Zhang graduated with LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in the United Kingdom. She is also a qualified solicitor of England and Wales.


Ms. Nur Chariroh

Youth Champions Indonesia for ILO SafeYouth@Work Project

– Being an OSH influencer for young people under the ILO
SafeYouth@Work Project to become an agent of change for making young people aware of safety and health issue at work in Indonesia.

– Act as representatives of young people worldwide—sharing ideas and priorities with other 125 youth delegates as well as the broader participants on an Action Plan for Safer Working Conditions for Youth and present it to a global audience.

– Design, create and showcase solutions and initiatives for promoting safety and health in the workplace, while interacting with other participants and international OSH experts.


Mr. Clark Ke Liu

Manager, UNV Project on Poverty Reduction among Youth in Cambodia

He possesses twelve-year experience with the UN in both global headquarters and country offices. He served as a resource person for the Global and Regional South-South Development Expos, consecutively, in Nairobi, Kenya (2013), Doha, Qatar (2014) and Washington D.C, the U.S (2014). He served in the area of South-South and Trilateral Cooperation for multiple UN agencies, including IFAD, UNICEF and UNV. Currently, he is the a, which is one of the largest youth employability initiatives in country, supported by the India Brazil and South Africa Fund for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund). Together with the government partner, private sector and civil society organizations in Cambodia, Clark has led a number of endeavors promoting youth empowerment and participation through volunteerism. He led the community entrepreneurship development initiative, which provided 5000 Cambodian youth all over the country with the concept and skills on developing social entrepreneurship through volunteerism. He also coordinated policy dialogue and research, mainstreaming youth volunteerism as part of community development solutions in the policy infrastructure of Cambodia, including the National Youth Development Policy and its implementation strategy. He is now leading a youth exchange programme between Cambodia and India, which aims to strengthen policy infrastructure of youth volunteering through exchanges of young people and policymakers from Cambodia and India. Clark holds a PhD of Environmental Sciences and firmly believes the value of South-South and Trilateral Cooperation in tackling development topics, such as youth development.