Press Release: 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Greenwich, CT – On February 1-3, the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations will bring together approximately 1,000 young leaders and professionals from around the world, UN officials and diplomats, and representatives from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations to tackle young people’s role in realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Under the theme “Realizing the 2030 Agenda: Youth in Action”, the conference aims to explore multifaceted global issues such as poverty, education, and sustainable consumption and production, with an emphasis on the integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference also brings to the fore contemporary discussions on youth’s role in policy-making, present-day humanitarian crises, and their impacts on global development.

Interactive workshops led by notable organizations are designed to equip participants with practical skills and know-how to develop and implement fresh ideas that support the implementation of the goals. Deliberations will provide a conducive space for youth participants to contribute to a Youth Plan of Action which aims to capture and elevate youth voices in realizing the 2030 Agenda.

Two UN Member States, the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations, formally support the gathering as the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly Lead Endorsers.


Young people possess an enormous potential and must be involved in the implementation of Agenda 2030 every step of the way. To achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must engage today’s youth and empower a generation which knows about the goals, cares about their success and is actively working towards their realization.
— H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations

"...The 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations marks an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to young people, and the topic ‘Realizing the 2030 Agenda: Youth in Action’ is as timely as ever.” – H.E. Mr. Petersen


“Australia is delighted to support this year’s Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations..."

It is vital for all our futures that we encourage young leaders from around the world to engage in all of the UN’s work, particularly the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
— H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations

"...I’m looking forward to meeting delegates and hearing their ideas for driving this Agenda forward.”  – H.E. Ms. Bird


H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Office in Belgrade, continues an important role as its Honorary Chair.

"During my diplomatic and international career, I have witnessed so many ways in which young people’s incredible drive and commitment can change things for the better. Actually, young people demonstrate, every day, their clear power for transformational change, despite the huge problems they are confronted with! That is why young people now and in the future will play a big role in how our world adapts to all current tough challenges. We’d better make use of their energy, innovation, and optimism, and, especially, we'd better create favorable environments for their ideas and actions! As UNSG Ban Ki-moon used to say, 'At the nexus of the world’s greatest hopes and worst problems, you find young people'" - H.E. Ms. Miculescu

Young people played a key role in forging Agenda 2030, so involving young women and men as partners in its implementation is not only a right but also a responsibility. It is a prerequisite for the success of the Agenda.
— H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade.

“...While supporting the work of UN SG’s Envoy on Youth, as well as the provisions of the Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, we all must wisely harness young people’s energy for building the future they want and deserve.”  – H.E. Ms. Miculescu


The programme of the 19th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations is developed by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in partnership with International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and many more.

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation and its partners continue their work in preparing young people to assume responsibility for promoting sustainable development worldwide.
— David Hill, Director and Treasurer of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc.

"...As future leaders and active agents of change, the delegates who arrive at the UN in February will learn real world skills and assume prominent roles at home implementing the Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations in September 2015. The Youth Assembly is a global gathering place where youth are empowered and responsible development is nurtured.”  – David Hill


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