Youth Assembly at the United Nations

 

Youth Assembly Overview

 

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations (YA@UN) is a unique platform created to foster dialogue and generate partnerships between exceptional youth, UN high officials and staff, private sector, and civil society.  We are committed to empowering youth to become active participants in the success of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the transition to the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

  • Program:   Summer YA 2014 – 3 Full Days at the United Nations Headquarters, NYC, USA; Resolution Project new Social Venture Awards through Competitions for University-level Delegates, more.
  • Platform:  Plenary sessions, Workshops, Round table Discussions, Networking, New Social Venture Competitions, MDG Related Skills Building and Campaign Introductions
  • Leadership:  Renowned speakers and expert workshop facilitators; U.N. Staff participation at sessions; Young leaders like yourself from around the world; Intergenerational Leadership Exchanges

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Delegate Overview

 

Key Dates
Goals
Why attend?
Eligibility
Delegations
Language
Registration
US Visas Note

 

Key Dates

April 17, 2014 – YA Registration & Event Packages Reservation Opens

June 15, 2014 – YA Event Packages Reservation Closes

June 30, 2014 – YA Registration Closes

August 6, 7 & 8, 2014 – Summer Youth Assembly at the UN 2014

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The goals of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations are to…

  1. Provide access to and information about the work, successes and current challenges of the United Nations;
  2. Promote increased youth participation in UN programs, agencies and NGO affiliates;
  3. Strengthen commitment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals;
  4. Connect committed youth with opportunities, mentors, colleagues, and new associates;
  5. Recognize the artistic and diplomatic efforts of young people already involved in development and humanitarian initiatives;
  6. Promote renewal of a commitment to serve and respect this most important international institution.

Some background:  At the Millennium General Assembly in 2000, all Heads of State created and unanimously agreed to work toward the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But it is the people of each country that must come together to take action to see that these goals are achieved and that we can finally live in a New Millennium that we are proud to bequeath to future generations of all nations.  With great strides made over the past decade and more, we must now assure ourselves that youth have the skills and direction to take the challenge into the post-MDG world.  After 2015:  what?  Youth in action, through the success of the Youth Assembly and its many partners throughout the world.  Moving Words to Actions!  Back to top

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Why attend?

  • To learn about the United Nations and how you can become involved in the success of the 8 UN MDGs
  • To hear great speakers and workshop leaders
  • To voice your opinions on the urgent issues of today and help make a permanent impact throughout the world
  • To meet other dedicated young people from all over the world  Back to top

Be Knowledgeable!

Ahmad Alhindawi, a YA alum, both as a delegate and speaker/presenter, grew up to become the First-Ever Special Envoy for Youth at the United Nations.

Mariel, a Youth Assembly alumna from the United States, says the Youth Assembly gave her the gift of knowledge. Knowledge is not only information; it is a commitment to learning and actively seeking the opportunity to connect with other youth leaders from around the world. This is what the Youth Assembly is about. The Youth Assembly equips you with the skills and tools needed to go back to your community and continue your work for social change with a new perspective.

“The International Youth Assembly at the United Nations provided me with a chance to hear about the issues that are normally ignored. I received the greatest gift that can ever be given: knowledge. It was refreshing and empowering to see so many young people concerned with global issues and finding ways to take action.” – Mariel Maughan, Richmond, Virginia

Perhaps youth delegate Daniel Smith put it best:

“The YA has brough a significant change in my life.  I always thought about impossibilities.  I thought that I can’t achieve things on my own.  But now, I feel inspired.  I feel motivated…this conference has empowered me to go for my dream.” - Daniel Henry Smith, Liberian delegate to the Youth Assembly  Back to top

Be there!

The world, with all of its complex inter-relationships, is not always an easy place to understand. The Youth Assembly allows young leaders, through dialogue, to reach a greater understanding of the complex nature of international relations, creative activism and diplomacy.

“I had a great time at the UN. The information that I learned from the assembly helped me to have a better understanding of today’s world, the peace process and the most importantly, that all these NGO’s are working hard to help the UN meet its MDG’s.”

- Stella Xu, China  Back to top

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Eligibility: Who should apply?

Summer:   Youth Leaders and those who wish to become leaders, ages 16-28+ Back to top

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Delegation

If you are part of a group interested in attending the Youth Assembly, please apply together using the group application form.  Note that you must have at least 15 members or more to apply as a group; if you have less than 15 members, please submit individual applications for each group member. Back to top

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Language

All events at the Youth Assembly are carried out in English.

Interpretation is available, at a cost to participant. Back to top

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Registration Process

For instructions on how to register to attend the event, please click HERE

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Regarding US Visas

  • It is the responsibility of each participant to find out if you need a Visa to enter the United States.
  • In case you need a visa to enter the U.S., we recommend that you apply to the Youth Assembly immediately. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE IF THIS APPLIES TO YOU!
  • Friendship Ambassadors Foundation cannot make personal phone calls or requests on your behalf to specific Embassies or Consulates. Interference with the diplomatic and consular affairs by a host organization is not permissible, and reliance on such phone calls may slow your application process as well as decrease your chances of obtaining a visa.

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YA Delegates Event Packages & Opportunities

Fully participate in all Youth Assembly Activities in & around the United Nations

Exchange, Experience, and Network with International Assembly Delegates!

Friendship Ambassadors Foundation together with our partners are pleased to offer comprehensive accommodations and meals event packages, exclusive to Youth Assembly delegates – for delegates from out of town as well as for those locals who want to get the very most out of the activities. From breakfast networking sessions to new, late night events, these plans will ensure that you don’t miss a thing!

Plus staying together adds a tremendous benefit to the delegates’ experience at the Assembly because it allows you informal time with fellow delegates, makes exploring the New York City easier and greatly enjoyable outside the planned activities. For your safety and security, as well as to make the entire experience affordable and complete, we strongly encourage this option during your stay.

* The goal of the packages is to offer affordable accommodation and special networking opportunities to participants. Event Packages are optional and although highly recommended, they are not a prerequisite to attending the Assembly.

Click here for more information about YA Event Packages

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Note

If the applicant does not appear to be appropriate for these proceedings, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to deny or withdraw the right to participate in the Youth Assembly at the United Nation for any reason whatsoever. Admission is by accepted advance application only, and FAF may revoke any unruly or inappropriate participants’ admission at any time.

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a project of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. and sponsored by several Permanent Missions to the United Nations, with participation of International NGOs, U.N. Agencies, universities and civil society organizations throughout the world. The conference is not organized by the U.N. Secretariat.  However, please note that FAF is formally associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, with Consultative Status at UNESCO.  Back to top

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Welcome to the Youth Assembly At U.N. Headquarters, New York City, USA

Delegations from around the world are set to apply.  REGISTRATION for the Summer YA 2014 will open on April 17.

“I urge you to see your time (at the YA) as a call to action. The world needs each and every one of you to do your part in transforming our world and building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.”

– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, August 2009

“It is a great pleasure to send greetings to Friendship Ambassadors Foundation’s Youth Delegates. I can’t thank you enough for demonstrating your commitment to making a difference, and I encourage each of you to continue to give back to others.”

– Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City, August 2010

“If you saw the impact you have had on the youth (and young at heart) attending the Assembly you would have to shade your eyes from the brightness of hope. We applaud you for your good work.”

– Paulette Schatz, UNDP Kabul-Afghanistan, September 2007

“This is a WONDERFUL program for youth. If you have an older teen or university student in your family, please check out the 2011 Youth Assembly Program!”

– Sondra Harnes, Artistic Director, World Childrens Choir, May 31, 2011

“Possibly one of the best among the Youth Assemblies” “One of the best conferences I have ever attended”

- YA Attendees, January 2011 Back to top