2017 Summer Youth Assembly

August 9 - 12, 2017 • UN Headquarters, New York City

Theme

The 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations presents both an enormous opportunity and a challenge to stimulate and ensure youth engagement and participation in achieving an inclusive and sustainable future where no one is left behind.

Guided by the overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “leaving no one behind,” the conference will explore cross-cutting issues and solutions for sustainable development in the social, economic, and environmental dimensions. While youth are among those subjected to exclusion and marginalization, they have the potential to accelerate and achieve sustainable development in their communities and beyond. With their unique sets of skills and perspectives in today’s ever-evolving world, they remain at the frontlines of innovation and change.

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Agenda at a Glance

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9 August 2017 • Opening Ceremony

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates/observers should arrive at least 1 hour and 30 mins before the event starts for standard security screening.

General Assembly Hall
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Call to Order

Video: “Strong UN, Better World” by UNRocks Music Group

Opening Remarks

Biana Kovic, Executive Director, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation

UN Official Welcome

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st United Nations General Assembly

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

Lead Endorsers

H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the UN
H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perrera, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
H.E. Ms. Cristina Pucarinho, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations and Chargé d’Affaires

10 August 2017 • Sessions

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates/observers should arrive at least 1 hour and 30 mins before the event starts for standard security screening.

Sessions I – 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Conference Room 4 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Empowering Youth to Take Action on the Global Refugee Crisis

With participation from UNHCR and IDLO

Capacity: 700

STEM as a Key to Achieving the SDGs

With participation from Aerofarms, Microsoft, Google, and more

Capacity: 500

Building a Global Movement to End Violence Against Children 101

Led by The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Capacity: 120

Microsoft YouthSpark 1: MakeCode.com

Led by Microsoft YouthSpark

Capacity: 100
(Requires sign-up - CLOSED)

Sessions II – 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Conference Room 4 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Technology as a Force for Inclusion

Led by Microsoft

Capacity: 700

Mainstreaming Youth in All Spheres of Society


Capacity: 500

Out with Exclusion, In with Rights

Led by The Hunger Project

Capacity: 120

Using Values-Based Communications for Social Inclusion

Led by The Opportunity Agenda

Capacity: 120

Sessions III – 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conference Room 4 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Improving Labour Market Outcomes for Inclusive and Sustainable Societies

Led by International Labour Organization (ILO)

Capacity: 700

Presentation

Led by World Bank Group

Capacity: 500

Power Differentials: How to Reach the Most Vulnerable

Led by BRAC

Capacity: 120

Microsoft YouthSpark 2: TechPitch 2017

Led by Microsoft YouthSpark

Capacity: 100
(Requires sign-up - CLOSED)

Sessions IV – 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Conference Room 4 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote: Dear World – An Interactive Storytelling and Portrait Experience

Led by Dear World

Capacity: 768

Opportunities in “Technovation” to Create the World We Want and Achieve Gender Equality

Led by UN-Women

Capacity: 500

From Ideas to Action: How to Design a Successful Venture for the SDGs

Led by Ideas for Action with participation from Echoing Green

Capacity: 120

Introduction to Finding U.S. Grants

Led by Foundation Center

Capacity: 120

Make sure to drop by:

Conference Room E Lobby Area
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Resolution Social Venture Forum

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Youth Assembly Social Media Station


11 August 2017 • Conference Rooms

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates/observers should arrive at least 1 hour and 30 mins before the event starts for standard security screening.

Sessions I – 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Conference Room 1 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Environment, Poverty and an Inclusive Green Economy


Capacity: 500

The Power of Youth: Making A Difference Through Sustainable Tourism

Led by UN WTO

Capacity: 500

Wikimedia: Health, Science, and Inclusion Through Wikipedia

Led by Wikimedia NYC

Capacity: 120

Microsoft YouthSpark 1: MakeCode.com

Led by Microsoft YouthSpark

Capacity: 100
(Requires sign-up - CLOSED)

Sessions II – 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Conference Room 1 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Everyone in for The 2030 Agenda: Working Together and Leaving No One Behind


Capacity: 500

Shaping The Narrative of an Inclusive Society

With participation from Instagram, Dear World, Devex, Great Big Story, and Global Young Voices

Capacity: 500

Dialogue for Change: Bringing the Youth Perspective into Global Decision Making

With participation from IIED, CIRF, and Climate KIC

Capacity: 120

Civic Engagement and Urban Innovation

Led by Civ:Lab

Capacity: 120

Sessions III – 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conference Room 1 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Youth, Peace and Security (TBC)

Led by SDSN-Youth

Capacity: 500

Debate: Impact of Technology in the Modern World


Capacity: 500

A Society for All: Stories from Across Borders

Led by Global Young Voices

Capacity: 120

Microsoft YouthSpark 2: TechPitch 2017

Led by Microsoft YouthSpark

Capacity: 100
(Requires sign-up - CLOSED)

Sessions IV – 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Conference Room 1 Conference Room 2 Conference Room 11 Conference Room 12
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Film Screening: "Salam Neighbor"


Capacity: 700

CONTINUATION – Debate: Impact of Technology in the Modern World


Capacity: 500

Open Working Group: From Delegate to Game-Changer

With participation from former YA Delegates

Capacity: 120

Inclusive Project Design

Led by Trickle Up

Capacity: 120

Make sure to drop by:

Conference Room E Lobby Area
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Resolution Social Venture Finals

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Dear World Portrait Shoot

Youth Assembly Social Media Station


12 August 2017 • General Assembly Hall

PLEASE NOTE: Delegates/observers should arrive at least 1 hour and 30 mins before the event starts for standard security screening.

General Assembly Hall
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Keynote

Ravi Karkara, Senior Advisor Strategic Partnership and Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director

Summary of Session Outcomes

Isabelle Perez Dabarro, Project Leader, SDSN-Youth

Resolution Social Venture Challenge Awarding

George Tsiatis, CEO and Co-Founder, The Resolution Project

Scholarship and Outstanding Youth Delegate Awarding

To be announced at the ceremony

Dear World Closing Keynote and Portrait Highlights

Lynetria “Fresh” Johnson, Storyteller, Dear World

Closing Remarks

H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade
Ms. Biana Kovic, Executive Director, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation

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