Youth Opportunities & Links

I may have thought that I would get to relax in NY… maybe in several days 🙂

There are some great opportunities coming up for young people:

The Annual United Nations Youth Assembly will be held from January 19-20 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Registration has closed for some of the panels, but you can definitely still register for the Assembly itself until January 6, 2012. If you attend, you should join the International Youth Council afterwards, the YA’s official alumni network. I can personally attest to the fact that it’s a great alumni network – I’m going to study abroad in New Delhi and I’ve already connected with the IYC in Mumbai ! They were very well-represented at the UN AOC Forum as well.

The World Youth Congress will be held from April 12-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Applications are accepted until December 31, 2011. This is a youth-run, youth-led Congress, and not a typical conference since it will feature tons of skills workshops, festivals, and an Earth Day celebration. You can submit your proposal to be a plenary speaker or to lead a workshop. I would highly recommend attending this as attendance will be participation, not mere existence while the conference is going on!

The G(irls)20 Summit will be held from May 31-June 4, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Applications are accepted until January 9, 2012. This is a meeting about G20, EU, and African Union issues, but young girls are the ones leading the discussions and in the limelight. If you will be between the ages of 18 and 20 during the dates of the conference, and a member of a G20, EU or AU country, than you are eligible to apply as a delegate. One delegate will be chosen from each of the G20 countries. This is an amazing opportunity to develop your political will and meet amazing girls and women from around the world who are dedicated to changing the world. Most importantly, it’s necessary to bring the voices and needs of women into the arena of development dialogue. This summit will take place two weeks before the actual G20 summit in Los Cabos, and its recommendations will be taken into consideration.

Finally – some great reading!

The Case for Girls by Anya Kamanetz : “Most would-be parents prefer boys, not girls. Is part of the trouble, dare we say, a branding problem–one that advertising could solve?”

The Essential Flame by Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese political dissenter, talks about the role of passion in creating political movements and change. “It is passion that moves hearts and minds and makes history.”

I really wanted to talk about the Doha Forum, but I have to stay true to the purpose of this website as well and must highlight some great NGOs that I discovered at the Forum. That’ll be for the next post!


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