August 8 - 16, 2017 • New York City & Washington, D.C.
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Tues, August 8
Arrival & Orientation
Get excited for one of the most famous cities in the world – New York City. Once you’ve arrived, check into a local university located in lower Manhattan in one of New York’s most dynamic areas. Attend orientation that evening to prepare for the Youth Assembly.
Wed, August 9
Youth Assembly Side Activities & Official Opening Ceremony
Start the day off with a guided tour of the United Nations headquarters led by their staff. Feel the powerful influence of prestigious meeting venues such as the General Assembly Hall where high-level debates and meetings happen, and discover their work behind-the-scenes.
Proceed to the Permanent Mission Visit & Briefing and learn first hand the work of a UN Permanent Mission towards achieving the SDGs. Prepare for a Q&A with the Mission’s diplomats.
Commence the Youth Assembly at the United Nations during its official opening ceremony together with over 1,000 youth from around the world. The opening ceremony will feature inspirational speeches by the Youth Assembly Chair, Ambassadors to the UN, UN high-level officials, and notable leaders from the public and private sectors.
Thur, August 10
YOUTH ASSEMBLY SESSIONS I
Attend panel and workshops sessions lead by UN officials or heads/representatives of non-governmental organizations, corporations, or local government. Join the conversation about the challenges the world is facing and identify opportunities and solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the General Assembly in September 2015. Engage with our potential partners, such as The Resolution Project and Ideas for Action, as well as campaigns or media initiatives.
In the evening, get a chance to attend the Opening Gala, an exclusive event which will be attended by invited speakers and guests from our partner organizations, United Nations, Permanent Missions, and many more.
Fri, August 11
YOUTH ASSEMBLY SESSIONS II
Continue with the final day of panel and workshop sessions. Don’t miss the last chance to connect with speakers, and participate in campaigns or media initiatives at the UN.
On Cruise Night, experience the most popular and memorable side event for participants to make life-time friends. Board the Hornblower Sensation, an amazing high-class New York yacht, for a DJ dance party and networking while you sail past the illuminated New York City Skyline.
Sat, August 12
YOUTH ASSEMBLY CLOSING CEREMONY
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the conclusion of the Youth Assembly. Celebrate the winners of the Outstanding Youth Delegate Awards and the Resolution Social Venture Challenge Awards. Get ready to be inspired by high level keynote speeches and enjoy a special musical performance.
During Culture Celebration, dress up in your traditional cultural outfit and participate in a variety showcase through music, arts, and traditional performances with fellow delegates from around the world. Impress your fellow delegates with a performance/talent from your home country.
Sun, August 13
Put into action everything you have learned during the event by taking part in a meaningful volunteer experience in New York City. The activity may require a collaborative physical effort to help the city’s environmental and sustainable initiatives.
Travel to Washington D.C., the United States capitol, which houses the World Bank and IMF headquarters and all three branches of the U.S. federal government.
Mon, August 14
Seminars at Local Institutions
Meet staff from Sustainable D.C. and learn about this important initiative, which is the District of Columbia’s major planning effort to make DC the most sustainable city in the nation. Led by the Department of Energy & Environment and the Office of Planning, it is a collaborative effort involving the input and participation of thousands of members of the District community.
Proceed to visit the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), which is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Interact with UNA-USA officers and learn how to be involved in its many initiatives.
Tues, August 15
Seminars at a Global Institution
Spend a day at the World Bank Headquarters. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. More than just a bank, it is a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a certificate-based seminar to discuss global issues with World Bank’s expert speakers. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet leaders involved with Ideas for Action to learn the eligibility, mechanics, and benefits of joining the competition.
Wed, August 16
Don’t forget to explore the city’s iconic landmarks such as the White House, the Capitol Hill, and its museums before checking out. Take with you the meaningful experiences and memorable friendships you’ve earned along the way. Return home with the knowledge and drive to make global impact starting with your community!