Twice a year, the Youth Assembly at the United Nations is held at the U.N. headquarters in New York City. Representatives from over 100 countries come together to discuss and learn about important topics at the heart of the U.N. agenda, like the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A number of speakers were invited to address the plenary and inspire today’s youth to make the change needed for a better and more sustainable future. Global Young Voices was recently invited to attend the winter session, which took place in early February 2017.
Together, we can make a difference. Below are a couple of photos from the event. GYV participants, Urusha Lama (left) and Rohan Maheshwari (right), can be seen in the first photo.
On Nov. 30, 2016, Global Young Voices, in collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), the Sands of Time program and the United Nations Academic Impact, held a youth-led event on gender equality. The discussion included six millennial panelists from around the world: Zuwaina Al Daraai from Oman, Renee Castro from El Salvador, Kushan Costa from Sri Lanka, Camilla Curnis from Italy, Urusha Lama from Nepal and Vanessa Yong from Malaysia. Each speaker exposed the specific issues young women in their country face, ranging from discrimination in the labor market to sexual grooming, patriarchy and more. The panel discussion was preceded by an introduction by Jason Scorza, FDU vice provost for academic and international affairs and professor of political science and philosophy, and moderated by Eli Amdur, FDU professor and co-founder of Sands of Time. For the occasion, Professor Danielle Walker also intervened with a keynote speech on gender equality. Dr. Walker holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in women's studies and has given many courses on the subject. She is also an active participant in U.N. gender-related events. In 2013, she served as NGO representative at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N.
In July 2016, our president Camilla Curnis, attended the G20 Youth Summit as Head of the Italian Delegation. Find out more about the Y20 here and take a look at the Draft Communiqué this year's delegates redacted. In the picture, Camilla and fellow delegates from G20 countries are photographed with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.
Edy Semaan, our Editor-in-Chief, speaks about Global Young Voices with Christina Fakhry. Check out the interview, which first aired in the Trendsetter segment of Mariam TV.
This April 2016, our recent article written by Denislav Atanasov, contributor from Bulgaria, is featured on the University World News website and newsletter.
Kenna Caprio, Digital and Social Media Content Editor for Fairleigh Dickinson University, tells the story of how GYV saw the light of day through a compelling article featuring interviews with founders, contributors, sponsors and advisors. Learn more about us through her great piece.
GYV's group of contributors is very diverse in terms of nationality, religion and field of study. Furthermore, members actively engage in international programs, events and forums. In June 2015, our brilliant contributor, Meriam Ayachi was the Tunisian Delegate at the Young Diplomats Forum in Athens, Greece where she discussed the challenges of the EU as a diplomatic actor five years after the Lisbon Treaty. In September 2015, she was invited to the United Nations HQ in New York, to discuss the role of African youths in the popularization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our talented Karen López from Monterrey, was the Mexican Representative at the High-Level Event of the General Assembly marking the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth.
More recently, our contributor from Venezuela, Alfredo Malaret had the pleasure to meet the Nobel Peace Laureate and former president of Costa Rica, Óscar Arias Sánchez, at the German Mission to the United Nations.
While the Office of International Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University remains our central sponsor, multiple universities and institutions world wide champion our mission and share our work. Click through the links in our gallery to find out more about them.