12th Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Youth Assembly

Are you an undergraduate with an idea for a new social venture? Do you need money and mentorship to turn that idea into reality? Pitch your idea in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations!

WHAT IS THE RESOLUTION SOCIAL VENTURE CHALLENGE?

The Resolution Social Venture Challenge (SVC) is a multi-step competition designed to inspire undergraduate students to propose impactful, socially-responsible projects that address pressing social issues around the world. SVC Winners are provided lifelong Resolution Fellowship!

WHAT IS A RESOLUTION FELLOWSHIP?

A Resolution Fellowship is a unique and full ecosystem of support for aspiring young social entrepreneurs, including seed-funding, mentorship, resources, and access to a global community of like-minded peers.

There are currently over 300 Resolution Fellows working in 70 countries in diverse, high-impact fields such as human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, and community development. In the past year, select Resolution Fellows have been featured in the first ever United Nations Youth Solution Report, Forbes 30 under 30Shark Tankand on-stage with U.S. President Clinton!

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE SVC?

  1. Are you eligibleSVC participation is only open to undergraduate Youth Assembly attendees. Venture ideas must not have received prior institutional funding or support and should be in the early stages of implementation.

  2. Submit your venture proposal! Registration links will be emailed to all undergraduate Youth Assembly attendees. Individuals and teams can then sign-up and complete a multi-step proposal outlining their proposed social venture’s implementation and sustainability. (Step 1 Deadline: Jan. 16; Step 2 Deadline: Jan. 23; Step 3 Deadline: Feb. 6)

  3. Pitch in the SVC Forum (Feb. 14th, 10am-12pm): Semifinalists will showcase their proposed venture to students and judges in an informal, science fair-like setting.  Please note, the Forum takes place during Youth Assembly registration and prior to most conference programming. In order to be eligible for a Resolution Fellowship, you must participate in the Forum, so please plan travel accordingly.

  4. Pitch in the SVC Finals (Feb. 15th, 1-3pm):  Finalists will give formal presentations about their ventures, followed by question and answer sessions with a panel of judges.

CONTACT US

All undergraduate students who register for Youth Assembly will receive details on how to register. If you do not receive an email, please reach out to svc@resolutionproject.org.

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3 UN Member States to co-organize the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly as Lead Endorsers

Greenwich, CT – Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is proud to announce the lead endorsers for the upcoming 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations. The 21st session of the Youth Assembly, set to take place from 14-16 February 2018, will be co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the UN, and the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the UN.

The following are the statements of support from the Permanent Missions:

AMBASSADOR H.E. MR. JAN KICKERT AND THE PERMANENT MISSION OF AUSTRIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

The Permanent Mission of Austria is proud to be a lead endorser of the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations. We believe that for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda we need partnerships across the world, particularly between generations. Without the full involvement of the world’s youth, we will not be successful in achieving sustainable development and preserving our planet.  It is therefore important that young people around the globe can express themselves and actively contribute to shaping our common future.
Without the full involvement of the world’s youth, we will not be successful in achieving sustainable development and preserving our planet.
— H.E. Mr. Jan Kickert, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN

AMBASSADOR H.E. MR. SUKHBOLD SUKHEE AND THE PERMANENT MISSION OF MONGOLIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

Mongolia is honored to be a lead endorser of the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations.
As youth are given specific recognition in the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, and both explicit and implicit references to youth are found throughout its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we should increase policy focus on youth issues as they relate to sustainable development.
The 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations, which will bring together more than 1,000 leaders and professionals from around the world, will be an important event in recognizing the young people are recognized as agents of change, entrusted with fulfilling their own potential and ensuring a world fit for future generations.
As youth are given specific recognition in the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, [...] we should increase policy focus on youth issues as they relate to sustainable development.
— H.E. Mr. Sukhbold Sukhee, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the UN

H. E. MR. MICHAL MLYNÁR AND THE PERMANENT MISSION OF The SLOVAK REPUBLIC TO THE UNITED NATIONS

I believe that sustainable development goals are a vital part of our future and so are young people. We have to make sure that their voices will be heard beyond community lines and that their enthusiasm will be allowed to contribute to making our world sustainable. As ambassadors of change, they can bring fresh ideas and added value on the topics of innovation and collaboration. For all these reasons, the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations proudly supports Friendship Ambassadors Foundation and will co-organize the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly.
We have to make sure that [youth’s] voices will be heard beyond community lines and that their enthusiasm will be allowed to contribute to making our world sustainable.
— H.E. Mr. Michal Mlynár, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the UN

Her Excellency Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade, expresses her unyielding support for youth and continues her role as the Youth Assembly Honorary Chair.

H.E. MS. SIMONA-MIRELA MICULESCU, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HEAD OF THE UN OFFICE IN BELGRADE

At this crucial time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is great that the Youth Assembly at the UN focuses on encouraging young people to innovate and create knowledge that is vital in effectively addressing all challenges. The creativity and the imagination of youth clearly need to be nurtured, and occasions such as this one are wonderful because these youth are doing more than innovating – they are networking, and they are absorbing precious experiences that will inspire them. I fully trust youth’s creativity, innovation and sustainable leadership in building a solid future that will leave no one behind.
The creativity and the imagination of youth clearly need to be nurtured, and occasions such as this one are wonderful because these youth are doing more than innovating – they are networking, and they are absorbing precious experiences that will inspire them.
— H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade

For three days, over 1,000 young leaders, social entrepreneurs, and advocates will convene to tackle the world’s most pressing issues along with experts and leaders in the global community.

Organized on the theme of “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World,” the 21st session of the Youth Assembly is a forum to open up new pathways for cooperation and social entrepreneurship while harnessing the creativity and energy of youth for global impact. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High-Level Political Forum, discussions will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15. Learn more about the concept note here.

The Youth Assembly is a project of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to empower people through global education, youth leadership development, and cultural exchange programs. It works toward achieving a peaceful and sustainable society that embodies diversity, mutual understanding, and cooperation. Through the Youth Assembly platform, the Foundation brings the global community together in an atmosphere of collaboration towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

For media inquiries, please contact yamedia@faf.org.

 

Call for Workshop Proposals

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is seeking proposals for workshop sessions at the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Our workshop and training sessions aim to equip young people with the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to become an effective leader and changemaker in their communities.

Civil society/advocacy groups or organizations that help empower youth through capacity building or interested in engaging youth through their work are invited to submit proposals using the form below. The 2018 Winter Youth Assembly is tentatively scheduled from 14-16 February 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA. Workshop sessions will take place between 15-16 February 2018.

Due to high interest, only proposals under review for further consideration will be contacted.

DEADLINE for Proposal Submissions: November 8, 2017

For topics of interest, please read the concept note

View the summary of 2017 Summer Youth Assembly →

*Update: The deadline for proposal submission has already passed. For inquiries, please email team@faf.org.

Support #EndPoverty Day

Today is #EndPoverty Day! Together with young leaders and changemakers around the world, we believe we can #endpoverty by 2030.

In an upcoming report "Fair Progress: Educational Mobility Around the World", World Bank takes a look at how influential the social status of one's parents is in determining a person's future. The report suggests that in order to break the cycle of poverty, we have to work towards a society where everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

Here at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, we believe that we can be the first generation that can end poverty. Hence, empowering this generation, particularly young people, is critical to achieving this goal. If we invest in young people's education and provide them with opportunities and tools necessary for their success, we are one step closer to realizing a future where no one is left behind.

Help us spread the word about the importance of today's message by doing any of the following:

1. Show your support on Facebook by updating your profile picture with World Bank's End Poverty frame.

2. Write an op-ed piece in response to or in the context of the upcoming report, which tackles economic mobility across generations and why it matters for reducing poverty and inequality. Please email yamedia@faf.org for more information.

3. Join the movement by signing up here to get exclusive updates on online events, contests, campaigns, and social media challenges from World Bank.

Applications are now open for 2018 Winter Youth Assembly

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) is pleased to announce the dates for the upcoming session of the Youth Assembly in 2018. Organized on the theme of “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World,” the 21st session of the Youth Assembly is tentatively scheduled from 14-16 February 2018 and will serve as a forum to open up new pathways for cooperation, while harnessing the creativity and energy of youth delegates for global impact. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High-Level Political Forum, the conference will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 671112, and 15. Read the Concept Note →

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

FAF invites youth from around the world to apply for next year's Winter Youth Assembly. Delegate applications are open to youth between the ages of 16 to 28 who exemplify strong potential or have made an impact as leaders and changemakers in their communities. Interested applicants who are 29 years or older may apply as an Observer. Apply now →

Early Bird-Registration

Participants who register during the Early-Bird registration period (16 October - 30 November 2017) have the opportunity to attend a briefing/visit at a Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in addition to all of the sessions at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Read FAQs →

Outstanding Youth Delegate Award

Carrying on this year's successful run, FAF will once again recognize two (2) Outstanding Youth Delegates for the 2018 Winter edition. The winners will have the unique opportunity to speak during the Youth Assembly and inspire other young people through their work and commitment to global development and the success of the SDGs.

More opportunities for accepted delegates will be announced next year.

Delegate Package

The Delegate Package is designed to extend the Youth Assembly experience beyond the conference and provide an exclusive networking opportunity to delegates, in addition to affordable accommodation and meals during their stay in the United States. To learn more about Delegate Package, go here.

Application for the Campus Ambassadors Program is now open!

The application for the Youth Assembly Campus Ambassadors Program is now open!

The Campus Ambassador Program aims to expand our reach among leading universities and colleges across the globe. It is intended for undergraduate or graduate students who have previously attended the Youth Assembly and are looking to increase representation from their respective universities or colleges.

Find more information here. Application ends on September 21, 2017.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Media Contacts:

WHEN:

9-12 August 2017

WHAT:

The 20th session of the Youth Assembly will explore cross-cutting issues and solutions for sustainable development, guided by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s overarching principle of “leaving no one behind”. Young leaders attending the event will be equipped with opportunities and tools to develop a better understanding of their role and how to take the steps toward action and implementation.

The conference aims to transform the way young people think, act, and speak about critical issues of the 21st century. By and large, it would highlight the importance of dialogue, partnership, and collaboration in achieving inclusive and sustainable development at both local and global levels. Executive summaries and recommendations of the focal discussions will be put forward at the closing session and will be made publicly available after the conference to all participants and relevant stakeholders.

Press releases:

3 UN Member States to co-organize the Youth Assembly as Lead Endorsers

FAF partners with Dear World to capture stories of emerging leaders at the Youth Assembly

WHO:

Attendees include nearly 1,000 young leaders, change-makers, and entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, who are actively involved in their communities and possess strong interest in sustainable development and the work of the United Nations. Speakers include ambassadors, diplomats, experts, and leaders in sustainable and global development across many sectors. Some of the speakers at the event will include:

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  • Bernadette Anat, Teen Community Lead, Instagram

  • Courtney Coupe, VP Content, Great Big Story

  • Amy Lieberman, United Nations Correspondent, Devex

  • Sandra Carvao, Chief, Communications, UNWTO

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  • H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UN Office in Belgrade

  • Isabelle Perez Dabarro, Project Leader, SDSN-Youth

  • Oliver Libby, Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project

Outstanding Youth Delegate Winners

Scholarship Recipient:

See more updates on the program: www.youthassembly.nyc/program-agenda

WHY:

As the largest and most interconnected youth population in history, today’s generation is a remarkable force to be reckoned with. While young people are among those constantly affected by global challenges, they remain at the frontline of innovation and change with their unique set of skills and perspectives. Their participation, therefore, is fundamental to addressing the world’s most pressing issues, such as poverty, injustice, and climate change. The 2017 Summer Youth Assembly presents both an enormous opportunity and a challenge to stimulate and ensure youth engagement and participation in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:

The event is only open to media outlets with UN accreditation. To get accreditation, please go to http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/

To RSVP or request for interviews with participants, please fill out this form http://bit.ly/2u0ltwq or email the media contacts listed above.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION:

Follow the hashtag #SocietyForAll #YouthAssembly and @YouthAssembly on Twitter.

For more information on the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, please go to www.youthassembly.nyc

FAF partners with Dear World to capture stories of emerging leaders at the Youth Assembly

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization in youth leadership and cultural exchange, is proud to announce its partnership with Dear World for the upcoming Youth Assembly at the United Nations this summer. The partnership will provide an opportunity for attendees of the conference to share their unique experiences, identities, and stories through Dear World’s renowned interactive approach to portrait and storytelling.

The Youth Assembly will be attended by nearly 1,000 young leaders, changemakers, and entrepreneurs from more than 100 countries, who are actively involved in their communities and possess a strong interest in sustainable development and the work of the United Nations.

In line with the conference’s theme “Society for All: Equity and Inclusion for a Sustainable Future.”, Dear World’s interactive portrait shoot will encourage a greater sense of community, belonging, and connection, between and among attendees from all over the world.

During the main sessions, Lynetria “Fresh” Johnson of Dear World will be delivering a keynote designed to inspire attendees with impactful stories they have heard from all over the world – from a former NFL football player who now battles ALS, to an 11-year-old Syrian refugee.

On the third day, a portrait shoot will be open to interested participants, where they will have a chance to take their photos and work with Dear World on how to dig deeper into the stories they want to share through their portraits.

In celebration of International Youth Day, Dear World will take the stage at the closing ceremony of the conference to showcase portrait highlights and reflect on inspiring stories of the Youth Assembly community.

ABOUT THE YOUTH ASSEMBLY

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations is the global gathering of the next generation of leaders, social entrepreneurs, social activists, and advocates of sustainable development. It is a unique platform for discussion and partnership between youth and the international community. Since the program’s inception in 2004, the Youth Assembly has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young individuals from over 100 countries and has spawned numerous youth-led projects around the world.

ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS FOUNDATION

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds friendships, advance mutual understanding, and promote global cooperation and development through transformative intercultural exchanges, youth leadership, humanitarian volunteer service, and artistic programs, which often support the United Nations and its development goals.

FAF is associated with the United Nations through UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and has Consultative Status with UNESCO and Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC. FAF has partnered with notable organizations, including the World Bank Group, Microsoft YouthSpark, PepsiCo, The Resolution Project, among many others. These formal affiliations place FAF in a unique position to bring the youth closer to the UN and its agenda while connecting them with opportunities that allow them to take the next step towards making an impact.  

ABOUT DEAR WORLD

Dear World takes a community's portrait by sharing the specific stories of its people. Our storytelling process allows colleagues, strangers, and friends to learn about each other through their portraits. It's a tool used by some of the top companies in the world to learn about their people in a unique, creative and engaging way.

Our work has been published in over 30 countries, and Oprah.com said, "Some of the photographs suggest an untold story that gives your spine a shiver."

Dear World has photographed over 60,000 people across the world. We use a portion of their revenues to underwrite and produce projects around the world, which document people with incredible stories to share.

At Dear World, our team works closely with companies and organizations who recognize that when colleagues know more about each other and the people they serve, the work improves. Our process began simply, asking each person to share a story that only they can tell.