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The Flagship Program

We pioneered the largest global gathering of young leaders at the United Nations Headquarters

The Youth Assembly (YA) was created in 2002 to amplify youth engagement and participation in international dialogues at the United Nations. Rooted in Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)’s expertise in cultural exchange, The Youth Assembly fosters mutual understanding and collaboration between youth and key stakeholders in global development to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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For more than a decade, The Youth Assembly has been a champion for the United Nations, serving as an essential platform to engage and mobilize youth in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the highly participatory Post-2015 process, and the recently-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the course of 21 consecutive sessions, The Youth Assembly continues to break new grounds by educating and inspiring tens of thousands of young people and generating countless youth-led projects around the world.

Today, The Youth Assembly is the longest-running and largest youth forum in the UN Headquarters in New York – tackling groundbreaking solutions and fostering real action for sustainable development.

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The Delegates

We are a global network of youth taking action on some of the world’s most pressing issues

While the extraordinary Delegates who make up The Youth Assembly come from diverse backgrounds, we all have one thing in common – our world-changing potential. We are emerging change-makers, social innovators, advocates, development practitioners, and leaders in our communities and the world at large.


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21st Session of The Youth Assembly (2018 Winter)


The Community

We work with phenomenal young leaders and prestigious organizations

With the support of our lead endorsers, partners, ambassadors, peer mentors, and volunteers, The Youth Assembly’s powerful impact ripples far beyond the flagship conference. We are proud to work with the United Nations, Permanent Missions to the United Nations, and a long list of prestigious institutions and organizations, including the World Bank Group, The Resolution Project, Thought For Food, Instagram, Microsoft YouthSpark, UN Foundation, The Huffington Post, and many more.

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Our Lead Endorsers

The following Permanent Missions to the United Nations have co-organized previous sessions of The Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York:

Our Ambassadors

Our Program Partners

Here are some of our Program Partners for the 21st Session (2018 Winter):

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Our Mission

We foster youth action for sustainable development

We are building a movement through a unique global platform where youth:

  • Connect with the most influential leaders, experts, and practitioners 
  • Fuel their passion and work with groundbreaking tools, knowledge, training, and resources
  • Join a cross-sector and multi-stakeholder dialogue on current global development efforts
  • Develop and practice essential skills to make real impact in their communities and the world
  • Create and design solutions that drive action for sustainable development

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