August 9 - 14, 2018 • New York City
New York: The 22nd Session of The Youth Assembly
Thurs, August 9
ARRIVAL & ORIENTATION
Get excited for one of the most famous cities in the world – New York City. Once you’ve arrived, check into a local university located in lower Manhattan in one of New York’s most dynamic areas. Attend orientation that evening to prepare for the Youth Assembly.
Fri, August 10
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF the 22nd session of the youth assembly (YA22) & side activities
Start the day off with a guided tour of the United Nations headquarters led by UN staff. Feel the powerful influence of prestigious meeting venues such as the ECOSOC Chamber room where high-level debates and meetings happen, and discover their work behind-the-scenes.
Proceed to a Permanent Mission Visit & Briefing and learn first hand the work of a UN Permanent Mission towards achieving the SDGs. Prepare for a Q&A discussion with the Mission’s diplomats.
Commence the 22nd Session of The Youth Assembly (YA22) at the United Nations during its official opening ceremony together with over 1,000 youth from around the world. The opening ceremony will feature inspirational speeches by the most influential leaders, experts, and practitioners in global development. Following the ceremony, celebrate the start of the YA22 with your fellow delegates at the Welcome Dinner.
Sat, August 11
YA22 Thematic SESSIONS I
Attend panel and workshops sessions led by UN officials or heads/representatives of non-governmental organizations, corporations, or local government. Join the conversation about challenges the world is facing and identify opportunities and solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the General Assembly in September 2015. Engage with our Youth Assembly team for involvement opportunities, as well as campaigns or media initiatives.
After a full day of events at the UN, Step into the action of one the world’s greatest megacities by exploring Times Square. And don’t forget to share your best pictures for the YA photo contest.
Sun, August 12
YA22 THEMATIC SESSIONS II
Continue with the final day of panel and workshop sessions at the UN. Don’t miss the last chance to connect with speakers, and participate in campaigns or media initiatives at the UN.
In the evening, explore the historical campus of Columbia University, an Ivy league university and globally renowned institution.
During Culture Celebration, dress up in your traditional cultural outfit and participate in a variety showcase through music, arts, and traditional dance performances with fellow delegates from around the world. Impress your delegate audience with a performance and talent from your home country.
Mon, August 13
YA22 CLOSING CELEBRATION
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the conclusion of the 22nd Session of The Youth Assembly. Celebrate the winners of the Outstanding Youth Delegate Awards and be inspired by high level keynote speeches. Enjoy a musical festival filled with a multitude of performances, celebrating the role of music and the arts in building global connections and supporting sustainable development.
In the afternoon, join fellow delegates and special guests at the Youth Assembly Gala, the ultimate networking reception event, which will be attended by invited speakers and guests from our partner organizations, United Nations, Permanent Missions, and many more.
Afterwards, celebrate the friendships made and special moments created at the Youth Assembly in one of the most popular and memorable side events. Board the Hornblower Sensation, a spectacular high-class New York yacht, for a DJ dance party and networking while you sail past the illuminated New York City Skyline and Statue of Liberty.
Tues, August 14
Don’t forget to explore the city’s iconic landmarks such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and its museums before checking out. Take with you the meaningful experiences and memorable friendships you’ve earned along the way. Return home with the knowledge and drive to make global impact starting with your community!