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The Youth Assembly

The Youth Assembly (YA) is a unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations.


The Beginning

The project developed from Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s cultural exchanges aimed at cultivating youth development.

The Youth Assembly began as an annual forum in 2002, which expanded into a biannual conference held at the United Nations Headquarters.

Since its inception, a team of dedicated core staff and a network of officials, organizations, and tireless volunteers have maintained this unique platform for cross-sector dialogue and partnership that empowers youth to become active agents of sustainable development.

Photo: 4th Annual Youth Assembly at the UN

Photo: 4th Annual Youth Assembly at the UN

Photo: 2016 Winter Youth Assembly at the UN

Photo: 2016 Winter Youth Assembly at the UN

The Outcome

The Youth Assembly is the largest and longest-running youth conference at the United Nations.

Now in its 15th year, the Youth Assembly at the United Nations has run 19 sessions since its inception in 2002 and have touched the lives of nearly 14,000 young people from more than 100 countries around the world.

With the support of its partners, the Youth Assembly’s powerful impact ripples far beyond the conference. Delegates are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to become active leaders and engaged citizens in their communities. Notable Youth Assembly alumni include former UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi.



The Delegates

Despite coming from a multitude of cultural backgrounds, the extraordinary delegates who make up the Youth Assembly all have one thing in common— their world-changing potential. Make no mistake though; these delegates aren't just getting ready to make a difference, they're already doing it.

Over the course of the Youth Assembly, youth delegates have traveled from more than 100 of the United Nations member states to attend. Each assembly hosts delegates from at least 70 countries. Below in blue are the countries from where the youth delegates come from: