Have you ever dreamed of being able to share with peers around the world an inspiring story on how to create a more equitable and inclusive society? Here, you can have the opportunity of doing so in front of a large audience, in the vibrant context of the U.N. and in front of cameras that will make your words resound all around the globe. It’s your time to speak - Don’t miss our session!

UN HQ, 11th August 2017, 3-4.30 PM EST

The four selected speakers

During our skill building session at the #YouthAssembly, we will listen to the inspiring stories of the four finalists. They are a very young, globally sparse and gender balanced group with powerful messages to share with other delegates and youth all around the world! Join us on August 11th, at the United Nations HQ, if you are delegate, or through live broadcasting at this link.

Participating delegates will have the chance to engage in a short Q&A after each presentation as well as a networking moment after the four speeches where they have the chance to exchange thoughts with each other and/or be invited for interviews with Global Young Voices. The event will be recorded and its content shared by Global Young Voices, The Youth Assembly at the United Nations and UN TV. 

The program

Guidelines to participate in the selection

During the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, Global Young Voices will be in charge of a skill-building session titled “A Society for All: Stories from Across Borders.” Throughout this session, four delegates will present a youth-led initiative that has had an impact in the creation of a more sustainable society. Global Young Voices will select the four most compelling stories among all those submitted on this page (see below) and will get in touch with the respective delegates within five days from submission. A Global Young Voices member will then support each delegate in creating a presentation in the format of a Ted Talk and will act as a mentor in order to increase the effectiveness of the speech and hone the public speaking skills of the delegate. In order to boost the global reach of these initiatives, presentations will be live-streamed from official social media accounts and the respective articles will be featured on the front page of our website. Further, the presenters will be invited for a Facebook Live interview. Below are the guidelines for submitting your article on this platform:

  • Requirement: Only submissions from delegates of the Youth Assembly will be accepted

  • Deadline for submission: Saturday, July 22, 2017 (Please note that stories will be evaluated on a rolling basis so submit yours as early as possible);

  • Words: In the range of 1,000 – 1,200;

  • Content: The story told must relate to an initiative of social, environmental and economic sustainability. The initiative has to be undertaken by youth, with a focus on millennials as drivers of change;

  • Supporting content: In the submission form, please include Google Drive links to images and videos related to the initiative;

  • Criteria for selection: Relevance to the sustainable development goals and impact on society will be considered. Selection will also be based on diversity in terms of gender, country and topic.

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Please note that submissions that do not comply with the guidelines above will not be considered.

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