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2016 Winter Youth Assembly




The Role of Youth in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals



The 2016 Winter edition tackled the role of youth leaders and professionals in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

During two days of plenary sessions and interactive workshops, we have explored where youth stand in all of these efforts–with emphasis on social ventures and innovation–amidst youth challenges such unemployment, lack of opportunities, and education.

Read the round-up report→

View the program agenda→

The United Nations is like a body, we make up that body. You are the arms and the legs that are carrying out these ideas and concepts into your countries. Youth are the heartbeat of your countries.
— Monique Coleman, 2016 Winter YA Keynote Speaker

Outstanding Youth Delegates

Lead Endorsers

His Excellency Ambassador Milan Milanović and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the UN

His Excellency Ambassador Virachai Plasai and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to the UN


Her Excellency Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu
Secretary-General's Representative and Head of United Nations Office in Belgrade
Honorary Chair, 2016 Youth Assembly

Yin-Chu Jou
Chair, 2016 Youth Assembly

Hayley Gocha
Youth Chair, 2016 Winter Youth Assembly

Speakers & Delegates

On February 2016, the Youth Assembly brought together more than 700 young leaders and professionals from around the world to discuss the role of youth towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Youth delegates voiced their commitments to social change and network with organizations such as Microsoft YouthSpark, The Resolution Project, The World Bank, UN Women, UN Foundation, Amnesty International, The Huffington Post, among many others.

View the complete list of speakers→



This year, we started making an effort to go green by using recyclable notebooks and printing less paper. At the 2016 Winter YA, we reduced our non-recyclable production by 80% turning this into the most sustainable Youth Assembly to date.