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The Youth Assembly

Our Story

The Youth Assembly (YA) brings together global young leaders and changemakers to tackle groundbreaking solutions and foster real action for sustainable development.


With the aim of amplifying youth voices at the global stage, The Youth Assembly’s legacy began at the United Nations in the early 2000’s. Rooted in Friendship Ambassadors Foundation's expertise in cultural exchange and youth development, The Youth Assembly continues to grow from a platform for dialogue and collaboration into a groundbreaking catalyst for youth development and action.

Throughout its history, The Youth Assembly has been a champion for the UN, 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 YA continues to break new grounds by educating and inspiring tens of thousands of young people and generating countless youth-led projects around the world.

Through this platform, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is building a movement of empowered youth by nurturing a community of stakeholders, providing learning and networking opportunities, promoting intergenerational dialogue, and propelling ideas from creation to action.

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


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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Previous 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: