The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary this year, at a time of great challenge for the world. COVID-19 continues to upend the lives of billions of people, destroying lives and livelihoods, and destabilizing the global economy. As the UN continues its efforts to fight the pandemic, it has launched UN75 – a global consultation that gives the public a chance to shape our collective future.
As we celebrate the International Day of Friendship, the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, in collaboration with One Shared World, presents a virtual live event to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and the future of the world in the next 25 years – while recognizing the principles of our shared humanity and the importance of friendship and human solidarity to address the world’s most challenging problems. The crises we are facing serve as an impetus for all of us to come together to accelerate the progress for the 2030 Agenda and beyond.
Join the livestream on Facebook: facebook.com/TheYouthAssembly
Founder & Executive Director at One Shared World
Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Singularity University faculty member, and the Founder and Chair of OneShared.World. In 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab and has been an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines and advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones.
Jamie appears regularly on national and international media his syndicated columns and other writing on science, technology, health, politics, and international affairs are featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata. The highly revised paperback edition of his bestselling non-fiction book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity was released in April 2020.
A founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, Jamie is a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice, the American University in Mongolia, and Parsons Dance, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. Jamie holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.
Jamie speaks frequently to corporate, nonprofit, and academic audiences around the world.
Grace Martens is a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Mathematical Economics. Her other academic interests include political science, the Spanish language, and data analysis. In college, she enjoys being a part of the Secretariat for UPenn’s Model United Nations Conference and a member of UnEarthed, an organization that publishes an educational magazine for kids in the West Philadelphia community.
Shagun recently graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Global Thought. Prior to that, she studied Political Science and Sociology at The University of Delhi. Shagun’s interests lie at the intersection of social development, globalization and business. Shagun works in the field of Business and Human Rights and she is passionate about women’s rights and gender. She has started her own non-profit initiative in India entitled ‘Be A Man’, she has also delivered a TedX talk on this issue.
Omar Sana is the founder of Inveniam Consulting, a Toronto-based consultancy firm working with individual and institutional clients, primarily from the asset management industry. Prior to that he worked in property development, where he was involved in project forecasting, strategic development, and financing. On the non-profit side, Omar is a member of the Global Sustainability Network (focused on achieving goal 8 of the UN SDGs) and Social Welfare Academics and Training Trust. He holds a Bachelors in Finance from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.
Malaika is a rising freshman at Duke University. She has worked on several political campaigns, lobbied at a national level for gun control, interned at the NIH, and during her gap year worked as the Assistant Press Secretary for the US delegation to the European Union. As a member of One Shared World, Malaika is also the Outreach Coordinator for the Education Committee and a Coordinator for Social Media.
Tianna is a Rhodes College Alumna and a Master of Science in Public Health Candidate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Herman currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Data Abstractor analyzing opioid overdoses. She has previously worked on a number of projects including running a task force in Southwest Florida to combat the opioid epidemic; testing well water for fecal coliforms in Kisumu, Kenya; and improving access to family planning services for immigrant teens in Teton County, Wyoming. She is passionate about promoting and improving public health through advocacy and policy reform.
Katherine Elias studies Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed professional foreign service and international relations fraternity. She is interested in international security and the role of both international and domestic institutions in reducing socioeconomic inequality. She is currently a coordinator for One Shared World where she has helped launch its first report “Rise or Fall Together.”
Dana is a Qatari youth activist and recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown SFSQ. She majored in Culture and Politics with a focus on Cultural Diplomacy of the Middle East. She works at the UNHCR in Geneva as a Partnership Associate and has extensive experience in working in various UN organizations. She serves as Founder and President of Y17 Society, an organization that aims to increase the awareness and engagement of Qatari youth and civil society with the SDGs through providing workshops, mentorship and leadership opportunities and works with Education Above All Foundation. Serving since the 23rd Session of the Youth Assembly as an Ambassador, she is adamant on expressing the voice of the MENA region for the advancement and achievement of the SDGs.
Daniel Sebugwawo is a Ugandan human rights advocate, social entrepreneur, mentor, and blogger. He studied Leadership of the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School. Daniel is the Founder/Director of Suubi Community Development Organization in Uganda, Mubende District, an organization that supports rural women and young girls to be entrepreneurs. The organization has established a permanent business center in a rural village of Kakindu which is a canter for mentorship, training, encouraging, and inspiring more women to have access to credit and to do business. He has served as the Global Action and Impact Network Impact Coordinator since 2018 with FAF.