Feb
2
7:00 pm19:00

Closing Session

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General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters

Call to Order

 

Resolution Social Venture Challenge Awards

Oliver Libby, the Chair and Co-Founder, The Resolution Project | @resolutionproj 
George Tsiatis, President and Co-Founder, The Resolution Project | @resolutionproj 

 

Integrated Nature of the SDGs

Moderator: Ravi Karkara, Senior Advisor on Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary General to the UN and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; Co-chair of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development @ravikarkara

Shannon O'Shea, Agenda 2030 Partnerships Manager and Team Leader, UNICEF @UNICEF @soshea

Mitchell Toomey, Director, UN SDG Action Campaign @SDGaction @mtoomeyUN

Fiona Smyth, Senior Advocacy Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals, UN Women @UN_Women

Awarding & Statements of Outstanding Youth Delegates

Syed Shoaib Hasan Rizvi (Canada) 
Jane Okafor (USA)
Agnishwar Jayaprakash (India)

Youth Plan of Action

Isabel Perez Dobarro, Sustainable Development Solutions Network | @SDSNYouth

 

Special Keynote

Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (Invited) @AhmadAlhendawi

Closing Remarks

H.E. Ms. Simona Miculescu, Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office in Belgrade, Honorary Chair, 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations | @SMiculescu

Genevieve Gimbert, Board Member, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. | @FriendshipAmbas

Jolly Amatya, Youth Chair, 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations | @YouthAssembly

Feb
2
4:30 pm16:30

The Role of Youth in Policy Making

Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters

Speakers

Saskia Schellekens, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth | @UNYouthEnvoy

Aashish Khullar, Board Member & Organizing Partner, Children and Youth International, UN Major Group for Children and Youth | @UNMGCY

Pernille Borgbo, Youth Advisor, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations | @PernilleBorgbo @Denmark_UN

Pablo Angulo-Troconis, Youth Program Officer, WFUNA | @WFUNA

Nicol Perez, U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, UNA-USA | @USYouthObserver

Feb
2
4:30 pm16:30

Collaboration in the Digital Age

Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Led by

TakingITGlobal

Speakers

Jessica Matthews, Project Coordinator, TakingITGlobal
Jasmine Baker, Program Coordinator, TakingITGlobal
Tania Rashid, Senior Project Administrator, TakingITGlobal

Description

The Collaboration in the Digital Age workshop is an interactive, technology based, social media workshop that will provide youth the opportunity to explore what empowerment looks like to them and how this can influence creating an inclusive equitable experience. perceived within our communities. 

 

About TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal is one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.

www.tigweb.org@takingitglobal 

 

Feb
2
3:30 pm15:30

How Young Voices Can Inform the World's Most Important Challenges

Led by

The GroundTruth Project

Speaker

Kevin D. Grant, Co-founder and Managing Editor, The GroundTruth Project | @kevindgrant @GroundTruth

Description

From climate change to youth unemployment to immigration, the next generation is well-positioned to inform a global dialogue. But too often, young voices are left out of the conversation. The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit media organization working on a new initiative that features the stories of young people around the world. GroundTruth co-founder and managing editor Kevin Grant will discuss ways in which Youth Assembly delegates can get involved.

Learn more about The GroundTruth Project.

Feb
2
3:00 pm15:00

Putting Sustainable Consumption and Production in Practice: Sustainable Lifestyles

Grand Ballroom, InterContinental New York Barclay (Outside the UN Headquarters)

Led by

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Speakers

Moderator: Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, New York Office, UN Environment | @UNEP

H.E. Mr. Per Thöresson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN | @SwedenUN

Dr. Halina Brown, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University | @ClarkUniversity

Alden Wicker, Founder of EcoCult Blog, Freelance Journalist | @AldenWicker @ecocult

Steve Lee, Founder of Foundation for Environmental Stewardship @steveleesj

Description

The panel discussion aims to put youth at the centre of discussions on current global issues and support their abilities to develop solutions to tackle these issues; enable dialogue between policy makers and youth representatives at the international arena; debunk the myths about SCP and to empower youth to contribute to realizing SDGs; and promote experience exchange, cooperation and networking within youth participants.

 

About United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

www.unep.org | @UNEP

 

Feb
2
3:00 pm15:00

Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Led by

TerraCycle

Speakers

Emily Dinan, North American Director of Client Services | @TerraCycle

Anthony Rossi,  VP of Global Business Development | @rossi_anthony  @TerraCycle

Meg Hilbert, Director of Global Business Development | @TerraCycle

Amanda Smoluk, Global Business Development Associate | @TerraCycle

Description

The Eliminating the Idea of Waste workshop is interactive, provoking, and reflection based, providing the delegates an opportunity to challenge their preconceived notions of what can be considered a resource. This workshop will provoke delegates to develop their own methods of utilizing waste as a resource and share these methods after the workshop has ended.

About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to- recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, across 20 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process.

www.terracycle.com | @TerraCycle

Feb
2
1:00 pm13:00

Resolution Social Venture Challenge Finals

Conference Room E, UN Headquarters

Brought to you by

The Resolution Project

ABOUT THE RESOLUTION PROJECT

Founded in 2007, The Resolution Project is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship. The Resolution Social Venture Challenge allows undergraduate students to build teams and submit their plans for actual social ventures that will make a positive impact today. There are currently over 150 Resolution Fellows working on 6 continents in diverse, high-impact fields such as human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, and community development.

www.resolutionproject.org | @ResolutionProj

Feb
2
12:00 pm12:00

#ActionBeginsWithYouth: Using Your Instagram to Change the World – 2nd Session

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Conference Room E, UN Headquarters

Led by

INSTAGRAM

Speakers

Bernadette Anat, US Teens Lead, Instagram Community Team | @HeyBerna

Carolyn Merrell, Public Policy Manager, Instagram

The Instagram team will be holding a session during the Assembly where you'll learn more about ways young people are using Instagram to take action on causes they're most passionate about, and get a chance to share your voice through Live and Stories.

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

Feb
2
11:30 am11:30

#ENDchildpoverty As Part Of the SDGs: Empowering Youth to Making a Lasting Difference

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Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Led by

UNICEF and Global Coalition to End Child Poverty

Speakers

Antonio Franco Garcia, Child Poverty Advocacy and Programmes, UNICEF | @UNICEF

Cristina Diez, Director of Advocacy – New York Office, ATD Fourth World | @ALifeInDignity @ATD4thWorld

Katherine Ronberg, Advocacy & Policy Advisor, ChildFund |  @ChildFundAll

Beatrice Mauger, Associate Director, Equity for Children | @equity4children

Sofia Garcia Garcia, Representative to the United Nations, SOS Children’s Villages | @SOS_Advocates

Masue Suzuki, Program Officer, Arigatou International

Marggie Simo, Advocacy & External Engagement, World Vision | @WorldVision

 

DESCRIPTION

For the first time, the global community has recognized the centrality of children to address global poverty. As part of the new SDGs proposed to end poverty, the new agenda aims to eradicate extreme poverty and reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all dimensions by 2030. This session will highlight why children are crucial in the fight against global poverty, and organize a range of group activities to support youth raise awareness and take action in their communities and countries to end child poverty in all its dimensions.

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

www.unicef.org  @UNICEFSocPolicy

About the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty

The Global Coalition to End Child Poverty is a global initiative to raise awareness about children living in poverty across the world and support global and national action to alleviate it. Our members work together as part of the Coalition, as well as individually, to achieve a world where all children grow up free from poverty, deprivation and exclusion.

www.endchildhoodpoverty.org @GlobalCoalition

Feb
2
11:30 am11:30

Young Women’s Economic Empowerment

Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters

Led by

UN Women

Speakers

Moderator: Allyson Humphrey, Youth Partnership Analyst, ‎UN Women | @UN_Women

Emad Karim, Regional Coordinator, Empower Women, UN Women | @emadkarim @Empower_Women

Shruti Kapoor, Founder, Sayfty | @SayftyCom

Diana Rusu, Knowledge Management Analyst, UN Women @Empower_Women @Rusu_D

Mendhi Wu, Designer & Founder, Miss Locker @MissLockerBags

Feb
2
10:30 am10:30

#ActionBeginsWithYouth: Using Your Instagram to Change the World – 1st Session

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Conference Room E, UN Headquarters

Led by

Instagram

Speakers

Bernadette Anat, US Teens Lead, Instagram Community Team | @HeyBerna

Carolyn Merrell, Public Policy Manager, Instagram

The Instagram team will be holding a session during the Assembly where you'll learn more about ways young people are using Instagram to take action on causes they're most passionate about, and get a chance to share your voice through Live and Stories.

Follow us on Instagram!

 

 

Feb
2
10:00 am10:00

Supporting the Implementation of SDG 1 through Better Jobs for Young People

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Grand Ballroom, InterContinental New York Barclay (Outside UN Headquarters)

Led by

International Labour Organization

Speakers

Moderator: Dino Corell, Programme Analyst, ILO | @DinoCorell @ilo

Niels Caszo, President, AIESEC International @NielsCaszo @AIESEC 

Anna Fendley, United Steelworkers (USW); Member, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Youth Committee @steelworkers @ituc

Samantha O'Brien O'Reilly, UN Youth Delegate Ireland @SamanthaObor

Tchegoun Koba, Youth Programme Specialist, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Senegal @AdeboKoba @UNVolunteers

Description

The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on addressing decent work deficits and labour market inequalities, especially for youth, as they are both proxies and consequences of wider inequalities. Improving outcomes for youth through appropriate youth employment and social policies is fundamental to inclusive and sustainable societies.

About International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing together governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives.

www.ilo.org | @ilo @ILO_NewYork

Feb
2
10:00 am10:00

Youth Leadership to End Hunger: Break the Cycle of Poverty

Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters

Led by

The Hunger Project

Speakers

Mattia Prayer Galletti, Lead Technical Specialist, IFAD (Keynote) | @IFADnews

Yvette Cabrera, Food Waste Analyst, Rockefeller Foundation | @RockefellerFdn

Paula Hunker, Director of Strategy and Policy, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University

Erin East, Board Member, FeelGood | @feelgoodworld

Laura Toscano, Director, Campus Kitchens Project | @campuskitchens

Mary Kate Costello, Policy Analyst & UN Representative, The Hunger Project | @MKisOK @HungerProject

Description

This session will focus on initiatives toward eradicating hunger as a means to break the cycle of poverty.  This interactive session will feature brief showcases from a few development champions in the area of youth-led initiatives to end hunger.  Session attendees will then break into groups to discuss their own work and extract best practices and principles for a short outcome document.  This outcome document will be compiled and circulated at the close of the Assembly.

About The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project's vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity. It aims to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

www.thp.org@HungerProject

Feb
2
10:00 am10:00

Girl’s Club Toolkit: Microfinance, Livelihoods & Youth

Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Led by

BRAC USA

Speaker

Linda Patentas, Program & Development Associate | @bracusa

Description

BRAC’s programs empower girls to break the cycle of poverty and unlock their economic potential through financial inclusion, life skills education, and livelihood opportunities. 

This workshop will teach participants how to build an evidenced based club supporting the Empowerment and Livelihoods of Adolescent Girls (ELA) living in poverty. 

The development of youth programming in BRAC has seen plenty of innovation over the past few years, including the addition of microfinance. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, loan products for adolescent girls offered in ELA clubs have had a huge impact on things such as teen pregnancy rates, and overall wellbeing.

About BRAC USA

Based in New York, BRAC USA supports the work of BRAC, the largest international development organization in the world, which touches the lives of an estimated 138 million people in 11 countries. BRAC takes a holistic approach to alleviating poverty, using a wide array of tools such as microfinance, education, healthcare, legal rights training and more to create opportunities. 

BRAC USA’s mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large-scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable everyone to realize their potential.

www.bracusa.org@bracusa

Feb
1
4:30 pm16:30

Refugee Crisis

Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Speakers

Moderator: T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Visiting Professor of Law and Huo Global Policy Initiative Research Fellow, Columbia Global Policy Initiative

Gregory Maniatis, Co-Director, International Migration, Global Policy Initiative; Senior Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration; Senior European Policy Fellow, Migration Policy Institute (Invited) | @gmaniatis

Firas Kayal, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | @KayalFiras @Refugees

Sarah Case, Director Policy and Planning, International Rescue Committee | @sarahdianecase @theIRC

Lamya Agarwala, Student Advocate, International Refugee Assistance Program; Chair, IRAP-NYU Board

Learn more about Refugee Crisis:

Figures at a Glance | News and Stories

Feb
1
4:30 pm16:30

Cities and Climate Change: Youth Action

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Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters

Led by

UN-HABITAT

Speakers

Douglas Ragan, Chief, Youth and Livelihoods, UN-HABITAT | @PracticalRad @UNHABITAT_NY @UNHABITAT @unhabitatyouth

Miro Polzer, International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, IAAI | @glocha_mp

Joao Felipe Scarpelini, Youth Advisor, Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia

Feb
1
3:00 pm15:00

Sustainable Approaches to Addressing the Global Education Crisis

Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters

Led by

Pencils of Promise and BuildOn

Speakers

Emily Varni, Senior Impact Coordinator, Pencils of Promise | @PencilsOfPromis

Adnan Karim, New York Program Director, BuildOn | @buildOn

Description

During the session, PoP and BuildOn will provide an overview of the organizations' work, highlighting the community and ministry-level partnerships each organization forms in order to carry out school builds and programs. Participants will be asked to read four case studies and respond to prompts. The speakers hope that the majority of the session will be used as an open forum to discuss the case studies, how to ensure global access to quality education and the ways in which youth ambassadors can support sustainable approaches to alleviating the education crisis.

About Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise partners with ministries of education and communities in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos to build primary schools, train teachers and increase government capacity to deliver quality education. 

www.pencilsofpromise.org | @PencilsOfPromis

About BuildOn

BuildOn is breaking the cycle of poverty every day through service learning programs in some of the nation’s toughest high schools and by building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

www.buildon.org | @buildOn

Feb
1
3:00 pm15:00

Quality Education for People and Planet

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Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters

Led by

UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report

Speakers

Moderator: Aaron Benavot, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO | @BenavotGMR
Nora Fyles, Head of the Secretariat for the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative or UNGEI | @nfyles1 @UNGEI
Patience Stephens, Director/Special Advisor on Education, UN Women
Mark Waltham, Senior Education Adviser, UNICEF | @UNICEF
Dean Brooks, Director, International Network for Education in Emergencies or INEE | @INEEtweets
Alice Jowett, Policy Manager for Education, One Campaign | @alicejowett @ONECampaign

Description

The panel will discuss how the persistent barriers in access to education, particularly for the most marginalized, can be overcome; the ways in which the right type of education can have a transformative impact on other SDGs; the skills, knowledge and values that we all need to develop to ensure sustainable futures for all; and how global citizenship education and education for sustainable development can help contribute to more peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

About the Global Education Monitoring Report

The GEM Report is an independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report published by UNESCO. It is mandated to monitor progress towards the education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. The 2016 GEM Report Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all, builds compelling arguments on the types of education that are vital for achieving the goals of poverty reduction, hunger eradication, improved health, gender equality and empowerment, sustainable agriculture, resilient cities, and more equal, just and inclusive societies.

en.unesco.org/gem-report/ | @GEMReport

 

 

Feb
1
3:00 pm15:00

Reaching Higher Heights: The SDGs and Higher Education

Conference Room 11, UN Headquarters

Led by

The SDG Academy

Speakers

Liz Moyer, Manager, SDG Academy
Yemissrach Melka, SDG Academy
Abigail Orzolek, Manager, SDG Academy 

Description

The workshop will focus on the role of higher education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and how Youth Delegates can use their educational experiences to prepare themselves to be the change they want to see in the world.

About The SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). We are an online platform that provides quality massive open online courses (MOOCs) on sustainable development for free for everyone.

www.sdgacademy.org@SDG_Academy

Feb
1
1:00 pm13:00

Resolution Social Venture Challenge Forum

Conference Room E, UN Headquarters

Brought to you by

The Resolution Project

About The Resolution Project

Founded in 2007, The Resolution Project is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship. The Resolution Social Venture Challenge allows undergraduate students to build teams and submit their plans for actual social ventures that will make a positive impact today. There are currently over 150 Resolution Fellows working on 6 continents in diverse, high-impact fields such as human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, and community development.

www.resolutionproject.org | @ResolutionProj

 

Feb
1
10:00 am10:00

Opening Session

General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters

Call to Order

 

Opening Remarks

H.E. Ms. Simona Miculescu, Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office in Belgrade, Honorary Chair, 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations | @SMiculescu

Deena Merlen, Esq., Board Member, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. | @FriendshipAmbas

Jolly Amatya, Youth Chair, 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations | @YouthAssembly

United Nations Welcome

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

H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations | @ibpete03  @Denmark_UN

H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations | @AustraliaUN

The 2030 Agenda

Dr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change (Invited) | @davidnabarro

Quality Education

Aaron Benavot, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO | @BenavotGMR @GEMReport

Poverty

Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations and Director, ILO-New York | @vinciuscp @ILO_NewYork @ilo

Responsible Consumption & Production

Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, UN Environment-New York | @UNEP

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