International Affairs Track

  • Celebrate diversity through meaningful performances during The Youth Assembly Culture Fest
  • United Nations Guided Tour – explore the UN headquarters in NYC, where historic events have taken place.
  • Session at the UN
  • Attend Permanent Mission Visit & Briefing to learn first hand the work of a Country Permanent Missions to the UN towards achieving the SDGs together with Mission diplomats.
  • Engage in Seminars and working sessions on International Affairs
  • Celebrate new friendships in a Manhattan Boat Cruise, while taking in the NYC skyline – a most memorable experience for participants.

Sample Itinerary

Thursday, August 8th

Washington DC

  • Arrival and check at 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Orientation  5:30 pm
  • The Youth Assembly Opening Ceremony

Track Capacity and Participants

Limited spots are available. All student / young professional audiences welcome


Please plan your flight and travel around the following schedule in order to participate in all components of your selected GDL Series Option and Track:

  • Arrival – Washington DC Accommodation, Thursday, August 8th between 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Orientation will take place at around 5:30 pm
  • Departure – New York City, Wednesday, August 14th before 11:00 am

Concept Note

Following two destructive world wars, the United Nations was established in 1945 to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” safeguard justice and freedoms, promote social progress and build harmony between all nations. Since then, immense progress has been made in achieving these goals, and in 2015 all 193 U.N. member states agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which delineate the targets for international development up to 2030.

While some progress has been made towards achieving the SDGs, there remains significant work, with 800 million people still living in extreme poverty, 40% of children in Africa without access to primary education, 20% of young women still married in childhood globally, a growing environmental crisis, and catastrophic wars and conflicts persisting.

The youth of today are the largest generation in history. As they stand at the forefront to inherit and shape the future, it is critical to provide young people with knowledge and understanding of the factors contributing to the world’s greatest problems. This gives youth the foundation to become leaders and develop new, innovative ways to continue moving towards an improved world. This Series track will engage Delegates in understanding major issues within international affairs and sustainable development, and in learning directly from principal actors in the field, such as the United Nations. As such, track participants will begin conversation and planning on the role of youth in tackling these challenges.

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The 26th Session of The Youth Assembly

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