9-12 August 2017
The 20th session of the Youth Assembly will explore cross-cutting issues and solutions for sustainable development, guided by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s overarching principle of “leaving no one behind”. Young leaders attending the event will be equipped with opportunities and tools to develop a better understanding of their role and how to take the steps toward action and implementation.
The conference aims to transform the way young people think, act, and speak about critical issues of the 21st century. By and large, it would highlight the importance of dialogue, partnership, and collaboration in achieving inclusive and sustainable development at both local and global levels. Executive summaries and recommendations of the focal discussions will be put forward at the closing session and will be made publicly available after the conference to all participants and relevant stakeholders.
Attendees include nearly 1,000 young leaders, change-makers, and entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, who are actively involved in their communities and possess strong interest in sustainable development and the work of the United Nations. Speakers include ambassadors, diplomats, experts, and leaders in sustainable and global development across many sectors. Some of the speakers at the event will include:
9 August 2017
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the UN
H.E. Ms. Cristina Pucarinho, Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perrera, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
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Paul Edlund, Chief Technologist, Core Technologies at Microsoft
Lynetria “Fresh” Johnson, Dear World
Stefan Oberman, Chief of Staff, AeroFarms
Jana Levene, Business Development, Area120 at Google
Angelica Silvero, Head of Speakers Bureau at World Bank Group
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Bernadette Anat, Teen Community Lead, Instagram
Courtney Coupe, VP Content, Great Big Story
Amy Lieberman, United Nations Correspondent, Devex
Sandra Carvao, Chief, Communications, UNWTO
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H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade
Isabelle Perez Dabarro, Project Leader, SDSN-Youth
Oliver Libby, Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project
Outstanding Youth Delegate Winners
Natalie Hampton (USA) - “Say No Bullying Festival”
Pamir Ehsas (Norway/Afghanistan) - “Between Here and Home: A Refugee’s Story”
Wantoe Wantoe (Liberia) - “FAF Selects Its First Youth Assembly Scholarship Awardee”
See more updates on the program: www.youthassembly.nyc/program-agenda
As the largest and most interconnected youth population in history, today’s generation is a remarkable force to be reckoned with. While young people are among those constantly affected by global challenges, they remain at the frontline of innovation and change with their unique set of skills and perspectives. Their participation, therefore, is fundamental to addressing the world’s most pressing issues, such as poverty, injustice, and climate change. The 2017 Summer Youth Assembly presents both an enormous opportunity and a challenge to stimulate and ensure youth engagement and participation in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:
The event is only open to media outlets with UN accreditation. To get accreditation, please go to http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/
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SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION:
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For more information on the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, please go to www.youthassembly.nyc