The 12th Youth Assembly at the UN, one of the most representative global events for youth, took place this year between 7th and 9th of August. The Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN was invited by the organizer – the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation - to be the lead endorser of the event.
Following the motto „Represent! On the Road to Action”, the panels and workshops held during the 12th Youth Assembly focused on the empowerment of youth and their major role in the sustainable development process by providing the necesary tools, knowledge and capacities to be able to get involved in the global process for establishing the post-2015 development agenda.
The over 1000 youth delegates that came from all corners of the world had the unique opportunity to listen to inspiring and engaging speeches, delivered not only by UN officials and ambassadors, but also by civil society and private sector representatives. The Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN was welcomed and applauded for its initiative to support and promote this event by lead speakers such as the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the acting Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, as well as by the UNSG Special Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi.
In her speech held during the opening session, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, Amb. Simona Miculescu highlighted the strategic importance of youth in shaping the future we all want in general, and in impacting the sustainable development goals, in particular. Further on, she encouraged the young leaders to „find their voices and make them heard” by wisely and efficiently using the social media: „Young people are a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, economic growth and technological innovation. Participation in decision-making is a key priority area of the UN agenda on youth. Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities, helping them to learn vital life-skills, develop knowledge on human rights and citizenship and to promote positive civic action. To participate effectively, young people must be given the proper tools, such as education about and access to their civil rights.”
The diverse schedule of the event also included panels - involving the participants present in the room, and many other young people connected through social networking during virtual workshops - capacity building and leadership skills trainings, as well as visits to the permanent missions of various UN Member States. Among the participants virtually connected to workshops there was a group of Romanian youth from a camp organized by the Romanian Student Union in Costineşti, by the Black Sea.
On the second day of the event, the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN received the visit of a group of delegates from Liberia, Nigeria, Australia, Mexic and US. During the talks with Amb. Simona Miculescu they had the opportunity to get a better grasp of the Romanian society, its culture, history and touristic atractions. The youth delegates showed a tremendous interest in the debate regarding the development objectives and Romania’s progress in accomplishing the Millenium Development Goals.
The third and final day of the Youth Assembly marked, among other events, the Resolution Social Venture Challenge Awards within the Annual Youth Assembly at the UN, organized by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in partnership with the Resolution Project. In this context, Amb. Simona Miculescu and the Special Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, presented the awards to the winning students, who were offered Resolution Fellowships, and joined a community of Resolution Fellows doing inspiring, socially-responsible work around the world.
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) is a US non-governmental, non-profit organization, affiliated to the UN Department of Public Information and with a consultative status to UNESCO, which aims at building youth leadership skills and promoting the culture of peace and international cooperation by organizing artistic and cultural programs. Throughout its 40 years long activity, FAF has established international partnerships and has organized both cultural and artistic exchanges, with the purpose of furthering peace ideals, as well as conferences and events dedicated to youth and youth empowerment. This year’s Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a special one for FAF, celebrating its 40 years of existence, with its first activities having been initiated in Romania.
The entire event has been broadcasted and recorded on the UN official website and can be accessed at http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/12th-youth-assembly-at-the-united-nations-represent-on-the-road-to-actions/1705520925001.
For further information regarding FAF’s activities and future events, you can access the foundation’s official website at http://faf.org/main/youth-assembly-at-the-un/overview-annual.
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