Press Release

2 Permanent Missions to the UN serve as lead endorsers

UN Secretary General’s Representative and Head of UN Office in Belgrade serves as Honorary Chair

15 Jan 2016 (New York, New York) – The 17th session of the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations, slated for February 17th and 18th at UN Headquarters in New York, is endorsed by His Excellency Milan Milanović and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the UN, and His Excellency Virachai Plasai and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to the UN.

A fervent supporter of the Youth Assembly, Her Excellency Simona Mirela-Miculescu, Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade (former Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations), serves as the 2016 Youth Assembly at the UN Honorary Chair. 

With the leadership of FAF’s Acting Executive Director Yin-Chu Jou, 2016 marks the first year that the assembly receives stronger endorsement and direction from high officials in the UN system, since the program’s inception in 2004.

The 2016 Winter Youth Assembly will take place during a significant year as the world begins to embark on a new plan of action towards a more sustainable world. Accordingly, the program agenda focuses on “Transforming Our World: The Role of Youth in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The two-day conference offers a momentous opportunity for youth leaders to engage with UN high officials, corporations, and civil society in achieving the new development agenda targeted for the next fifteen years.

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