On 12 July, hundreds of students from more than 80 countries gathered in New York for a unique Youth Assembly, where diplomats took a back seat as young people took over the UN. Joined by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban last year for attending school and who is celebrating her 16th birthday today, the young leaders issued a global call for quality education and highlighted the importance of ensuring access to this basic right for every boy and girl.