3 UN Member States to co-organize the Youth Assembly as Lead Endorsers

Greenwich, CT – Over 1,000 young leaders and professionals from around the world will join ambassadors, diplomats, experts, and leaders in sustainable and global development for the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the UN, which takes place from August 9 to 12, 2017.

Now in its 20th session, the Youth Assembly (YA) will be co-organized by three Permanent Missions to the United Nations as the assembly's Lead Endorsers: Republic of Kenya, Portugal, and Sri Lanka.

The following are the statements of support from the Permanent Missions:

Ambassador H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations

“The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya is pleased to be a lead endorser of the 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the UN. We now have 13 years to ensure the successful implementation of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, young people are the change agents and critical partners that will make this possible. The YA is an opportunity to listen and address the concerns of youth and engage them as equal partners on this journey towards 2030."

The YA is an opportunity to listen and address the concerns of youth and engage them as equal partners on this journey towards 2030.
— Ambassador H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations

Ambassador H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça e Moura and the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations

“Portugal has been a staunch supporter of the Youth Agenda at the UN and our commitment to this year’s Youth Assembly reflects my country’s position towards a full, meaningful and inclusive youth participation in all aspects regarding youth at the United Nations.

It is fundamental to recognize the impact of young people as global citizens and their role in shaping the global and national development agendas and to call for enhanced youth meaningful participation in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Today’s youth population, particularly those who will become adults during the 15-year time span covered by the SDGs, have the ambition, commitment and interest in seeing the success of this transformative development agenda. If countries are to succeed in achieving the SDGs, by leaving no one behind, governments must seek out an active and substantive engagement of young women and men from diverse backgrounds in the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda.”

Portugal has been a staunch supporter of the Youth Agenda at the UN and our commitment to this year’s Youth Assembly reflects my country’s position towards a full, meaningful and inclusive youth participation in all aspects regarding youth at the United Nations.
— Ambassador H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonça e Moura and the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations 

Ambassador H.E. Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

“Sri Lanka is delighted to be a part of the 20th Session of the Youth Assembly this year. We all are well aware that young people are the agents of change of the future of this world, and their commitment to realizing our future goals, set in the 2030 Agenda, is of utmost importance. In this context the theme of this year’s Youth Assembly, ‘leaving no one behind’ underlines an extremely significant concept. This event stands testimony to the unwavering commitment of our youth in making a better future, leaving no one behind.”

...the theme of this year’s Youth Assembly, ‘leaving no one behind’ underlines an extremely significant concept. This event stands testimony to the unwavering commitment of our youth in making a better future, leaving no one behind.
— Ambassador H.E. Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

The following is a statement from H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade, who has been supporting the Youth Assembly for many years, and serves as its Honorary Chair since the start of 2016.

H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office

“It’s been 20 years since the admirable Friendship Ambassadors Foundation has been organizing the Youth Assembly to the UN – a wonderful opportunity for youngsters from all over the world to network and debate on crucial issues for them and the humanity! I am glad that this year’s anniversary edition is devoted again to sustainable development issues, from a social, economic, and environmental angle.

I am honored to continue to serve as the honorary chair of the Youth Assembly and I know that I’ll witness many ways in which youth’s incredible drive and commitment can change things for the better. Actually, young people demonstrate, every day, their clear power for transformational change, with their fresh energies, and brilliant creativity! That is why the younger generation, now and in the future, will play a crucial role in how our world adapts to all current tough challenges and tries to overcome them. I cannot wait to meet the Youth Assembly participants, talk to them, work with and for them!”

I am honored to continue to serve as the honorary chair of the Youth Assembly and I know that I’ll witness many ways in which youth’s incredible drive and commitment can change things for the better.
— H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade

This year's YA presents both an enormous opportunity and a challenge to stimulate and ensure youth engagement and participation in achieving an inclusive and sustainable future. 

Guided by the overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “leaving no one behind,” the conference will explore cross-cutting issues and solutions for sustainable development in the social, economic, and environmental dimensions. 

The conference begins with an opening ceremony and concludes on International Day of Youth. Sessions will be led by reputable organizations and are designed to equip young people with pertinent information and relevant skills to help them become active participants in the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Youth Assembly is a project of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that builds friendships, advances mutual understanding, and promotes global cooperation and development through transformative intercultural exchanges, youth leadership, humanitarian volunteer service, and artistic programs.

Recognizing the important role of civil society in ensuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Foundation works toward bringing the global community together in an atmosphere of collaboration towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

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