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23rd Session Theme

Empowering Youth for Global Development

February 15-17, 2019
New York University, New York City, USA

The 23rd Session of The Youth Assembly takes the theme of “Empowering Youth for Global Development”. Throughout history, young people have played crucial roles in leading national and global movements that changed the world, despite the numerous challenges that they face, such as age discrimination, underrepresentation, lack of resources and unemployment. This conference aims to address these gaps and will work towards fostering the inclusion of youth across all social and regional groups in tackling and solving global challenges.

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Inspired by the upcoming 2019 U.N. High-Level Political Forum, the role of youth in global development will particularly be considered with regard to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 (Quality Education for All), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 13 (Climate Action), 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the Goals). This will include assessment of progress on these core challenges of our time, while also exploring new opportunities to advance these issues through the lens of youth.

In light of our global outlook, regional inclusion will be emphasized, with special sessions dedicated to the specific interests and issues of different continents and regions. A strong focus will also be placed on reducing inequalities, with in-depth reviews into achieving gender and racial equality, and amplifying inclusion of those with disabilities, indigenous communities and other minority groups.

In view of FAF’s commitment to creating impact for sustainable development, all conference sessions will seek to develop and strengthen tangible, pragmatic hard skills that can be put to immediate and effective use to solve local and global problems. Additional effort will be made to foster soft skills such as creativity, collaboration, intuition, and developing a global mindset.



Why attend?

A one-stop hub for youth leadership development

  • Cultivate global awareness

  • Learn new trends and practical skills

  • Make worldwide connections

  • Take action in solving world problems

  • Speak up on critical issues

  • Lead a growing youth movement

  • Inspire others to take action

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While the extraordinary Delegates who make up The Youth Assembly come from diverse backgrounds, they all have one thing in common – their world-changing potential. Our Delegates are emerging leaders who are taking action to make a difference in their own communities and the world at large.


Regional make-up of Delegates (2016-2018)