UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

In 2013, the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as his first-ever Envoy on Youth and as the youngest senior official in the history of the organization. The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth has a mandate to harmonize the UN system efforts on youth development, enhance the UN response to youth needs, advocate for addressing the development needs and rights of young people, as well as to bring the work of the United Nations with and for youth closer to them. 

To this end, the Envoy on Youth works with different UN Agencies, Governments, Civil Society, Private Sector Academia and Media stakeholders towards enhancing, empowering and strengthening the position of young people within and outside of the United Nations System.

In addition, the Envoy on Youth is also the advisor to and the representative of the Secretary-General on youth related matters.

We believe that young people are a force for good in the world, that we have the imagination, courage and ingenuity to find lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. We believe that our interdependence and shared humanity requires us to give all we can to make sure that ours is the first generation to end poverty, the most determined to tackle inequality and the last generation threatened by climate change.

In September 2015, 193 countries adopted 17 goals to end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change, known as the Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve these goals by 2030, we need everyone involved, not just governments. In particular, we need young people with the energy and ingenuity to accelerate these Goals. 

Successful candidates are exceptional leaders who are spearheading change for the greater good.
They come from every corner of the world and any range of fields – from food to fashion to finance (as well as policy, media, civil society, industry, technology, the arts and entertainment). They have the ability to command an audience, influence their peers and inspire their constituents.

Ultimately Young Leaders are driven by the desire to improve the world we live in, for our generation and for those to come.

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