Economic Development Track

  • Celebrate diversity through meaningful performances during The Youth Assembly Culture Fest
  • Attend a visit/briefing at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and International Finance Corporation (IFC).
  • Engage in Seminars and working sessions on Economic Development
  • Celebrate new friendships at the Welcome Gala, a private dining event in Washington D.C.

Sample Itinerary

Tuesday, August 6th

Washington DC

  • Arrival and check-in between 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Orientation

Track Capacity and Participants

Limited spots are available. Especially recommended for undergraduate or graduate students, or young professional in sustainable development/ economics field.


Please plan your flight and travel around the following schedule in order to participate in all components of your selected GDL Series Option and Track:

Arrival – Washington DC Accommodation, Tuesday, August 6th between 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Departure – Washington DC Accommodation, Sunday, August 11th before 11:00 am

Concept Note

The global economy has continued to expand in recent years, with an estimated 3.7% growth in 2018, but the International Monetary Fund now describes the world as being in a state of “high uncertainty.” Major disputes over trade, increasing international tariffs, and other isolated political incidents such as Brexit and surprise election results contribute to growing unease about the future economic outlook. Increasing debts and deregulation have even led to some predictions of a new economic crisis if action is not taken.

The importance and wide implications of economic growth are recognized around the world and by governments and the United Nations. Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all, and this goal, in turn, is seen as crucial for achieving SDG 1 (eradicate poverty in all its forms), and many other economic, social and environmental goals.

This series track will explore some of these global economic concerns, including both risks that must be addressed, positive signs and opportunities, and the role youth can play in advancing economic development while adhering to environmental sustainability. Participants will engage in discussions and dialogue with leading international financial institutions working to support economic growth and development worldwide.

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The 26th Session of The Youth Assembly

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