Youth4South is an Advanced Youth Leadership Programme launched by the UNOSSC in partnership with the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA), the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FC-SSC), IFAD, NOREC-Norway, UNFPA and the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment. Youth4South is designed as 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).


  • Support the exchange of knowledge mutual learning among young people globally.
  • 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.
  • Provide accesses to expertise, mentorships, resources, and networks.
  • Promote dialogue between youth and development stakeholders and increase youth participation in global dialogue

Youth4South Pillars

Capacity Development

The Capacity Development Training Pillar aims to support capacity development of young government officials and technical experts from developing countries government entities, Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and international organizations in learning and utilizing South-South and triangular cooperation tools, methodologies and resources in advancing sustainable development.

Fellowship & Scholarship

Academic Fellowship and Scholarship Pillar offers funded fellowship and scholarship opportunities to qualified young professionals and scholars to undertake research projects, pursue postgraduate degrees, and participate in short-term exchange and training courses in areas relevant to South-South and triangular cooperation at selected prestigious universities and research and technical institutes.


Entrepreneurship PillarYouth Entrepreneurship for the South (YES) programme will provide OneStop-Shop support to emerging and established youth entrepreneurs from developing countries with to provide access to entrepreneurship and skills development trainings, technologies, incubation and seed funding support. It aims to foster the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing countries.

News and Announcements

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August 10, 2020

UNOSSC Concludes Youth Dialogue on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Partners and Young People

Co-organized by UNOSSC and Phoenix TV Odyssey of the Dragon 13 August, New York – Under the umbrella of the Youth Dialogues Series co-launched by the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s…
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August 7, 2020

South-South Solidarity for COVID-19 Responses: Shenzhen-based NGO Donates 20,000 Masks to West Africa

6 August, New York – Facilitated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Shenzhen Federation of Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion pledged a donation of 20,000 disposable surgical masks…
June 19, 2020

UNOSSC Asia-Pacific Student Competition Raises Awareness on Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) co-hosted a Student Speech Competition, on 25 February…
January 14, 2020

Call for Applications: Youth Action Lab 2020

The Challenge Communities around the world have been increasingly mobilising to challenge historic and systemic forms of oppression – putting themselves on the frontlines of protests, working in their communities,…

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