Youth Assembly Resolution Deliberations
The 2016 Summer Youth Assembly delegates participated in youth-led deliberations structured around three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goals 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). After thorough discussions and deliberations, the recommendations and pledges were presented at the closing session in the General Assembly Hall on International Youth Day.
Youth Assembly Resolution Presentations
The Envoy’s speech was followed by the presentations of youth recommendations for the following goals stated in the 2030 Agenda: (1) SDG 1/No Poverty, (2) SDG 4/Quality Education, and (3) SDG 12/Responsible Consumption and Production. The recommendations were derived from youth delegates’ collective input during concurrent deliberations in the morning. After the reading of the recommendations, youth delegates were invited to raise their lights up in solidarity with one another and with the United Nations to show support of the Sustainable Development Goals. These lights called FLIP-BOTS were built by the youth delegates during the morning sessions and are one of the open-source solutions of the Liter of Light Foundation in their movement against energy poverty. The symbolic light ceremony was followed by a beautiful rendition of “Heal the World” by the Hudson Choir for Peace and Hope with students from the Newark School of Arts, and a special performance by South Korean violinist Nam Joong Kim.
Outstanding Youth Delegate Awards
The evening went on with the awarding of the Outstanding Youth Delegates for this year’s summer edition. The tradition of selecting excellent young leaders from the pool of YA applicants began this year as a way to recognize youth delegates who are already doing work in their home communities, and are actively participating and contributing ideas in the discussions at the assembly. Out of the 18 finalists, 5 winners were selected after a careful three-part selection process. The winners were awarded with a certificate and a Youth Assembly Outstanding Youth Delegate pin.
The Resolution Social Venture Project Awards
One of the Youth Assembly’s long-term partners, The Resolution Project, went on the stage to award the winners of this year’s Resolution Social Venture Challenge. George Tsiasis said a few words to thank everyone who was involved and to share what the SVC is all about: “It’s always a great privilege to be here and to be among such incredible young people and especially on Youth Day–a fitting day for us to wrap up these proceedings. I think it’s important for you to understand that the reason why The Resolution Project is looking to support you is not because you need us, but because we need you.” In addition, Oliver Libby shared how the history of the Youth Assembly and the Resolution Project has led to 15% of over 220 Resolution fellows from 60 countries around the world. He said that these fellows coming from diverse backgrounds and working on extraordinary projects gave us hope for the future because they’re taking action today. He then remarked: “Many of you have been told that you are a leader of tomorrow and that’s true, and you should be inspired of that. But we are here to say that you are a leader of today, as well. Your ideas can power your communities.”
Out of the 23 teams who participated in the semi-finals, seven were invited to join the finals on Thursday to present their social venture ideas. After careful deliberations, three teams were announced as winners who shall receive funding, mentorship, and access to an ecosystem of support from The Resolution project’s global advisory system. Each member of every team received a Resolution plaque.
Closing Music Performance
The plenary sessions concluded with a solemn music performance by artists from the University of Newcastle. An original composition entitled “Louder than Words” was written for this year’s Youth Assembly and was sung for the first time at the General Assembly Hall. Youth Chair Jolly Amatya bid the delegates a hopeful farewell: “This is not the end, this is just the beginning.”