United Nations Forums Highlight Emerging Global Leadership Role For Youth

Over 500 young professionals, entrepreneurs, social activists, and student leaders representing 80 countries examined the role of youth globally in development and peacebuilding in meetings at the United Nations. The forums are part of the 4th International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA).

The UN programs acknowledged and advanced the vision of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has said, “The time has come to integrate youth voices more meaningfully into decision-making processes at all levels.”

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Ambassador Ahmed Alhendawi, called for youth to become global citizens since so many global problems are multi-dimensional and interconnected. “I see eight or nine burning conflicts affecting everyone in the world,” he said, adding that it was difficult to speak of peace and prosperity without getting to the root causes of these issues.