When have young people addressed the United Nations?
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2021
Young people have addressed the United Nations many times over the years. Here are some examples of statements by young people at UN conferences, summits, and formal meetings of the UN organs.
- Severn Cullis-Suzuki:
Launch of the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028, New York, 2018
UN Youth Delegates
One form of youth participation at the United Nations is through the inclusion of youth delegates in a Member State's official delegation. Youth delegates can participate and speak in several intergovernmental meetings at the UN. Mostly, they participate in the General Assembly, but some also attend Functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.
Below please find a link to Youth Delegate Search, a platform for researching speeches by youth delegates that was established by a student research group at the Department of Law of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
The UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth office is an initiative aimed at addressing the needs and rights of young people, while involving the youth with the work of the United Nations across the globe.
- 2017- : Jayathma Wickramanayake, press release SG/A/1739-BIO/4974
- 2013-2017: Ahmad Alhendawi, press release SG/A/1388-BIO/4444
- Meeting records for UN principal organs open formal meetings (search in the UN Digital Library)
- UN Photo may have pictures of events held at UN headquarters and offices
- UN Press Releases may have summaries of statements or round-ups of events and conferences
- UN webcasts may be available from the UN Audiovisual Library or UN Web TV
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