Day 8: Closing ceremony: It’s time to achieve the 17 global UN goals
As the largest and most interconnected youth population in history, today’s generation is a remarkable force to be reckoned with. The Youth Assembly at the United Nations was a great opportunity for youth from around the world to meet, share and learn.
The 20th session of the assembly has ended on time for International Youth Day. In the closing event, high U.N. representatives came together with diplomatic figures and the delegates to conclude the three-day gathering.
The ceremony began with a keynote from Ravi Karkara, senior advisor for strategic partnership and advocacy to the assistant secretary-general, who shared a summary of the sessions’ outcomes and told delegates: “I want you to close your eyes, leave your phones and think about this room that brings the world together.”
Isabel Pérez Dobarro, project lead at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, addressed the delegates in her speech, saying: “We, young people, have to change in our heads. It is our sincere responsibility and we have the tools to make it happen.” She then insisted that “both men and women have to work together to empower women in all sectors.”
After her speech, Dobarro presented the award to George Tsiatis, CEO and co-founder of Resolution Social Venture, saying: “We see more and more situations that call on us to ask what else we can do to drive change.”
Delegates then had the chance to listen to Biana Kovic, the executive director of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, as well as H.E. Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, representative of the U.N. secretary-general and head of the U.N. Office in Belgrade.
At the end, Kovic acknowledged FAF staff, interns and each person who was involved in organizing the Youth Assembly.