Day 3 - 28 August

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. MST

Youth Caucus: Youth and Climate Action

Youth Involvement and Mentorship on Climate Policy: Taking Firm Action on Saving our Planet

The Youth Caucus will provide a unique space for bringing together youth at the conference to brainstorm, strategize and energize them for active participation. In this space youth will interact with their peers, experts and other stakeholders on pressing global challenges impacting young people, giving an important focus on sustainable development.

10 - 11:15 a.m. MST

CSO-led Workshops

10 - 11:15 a.m. MST

Youth-led Workshop: Building Capacity Towards Action - Room 355C

Organized by DGC Youth Representatives Steering Committee, in collaboration with the UN Department of Global Communications

Youth around the world are mobilizing en masse. As more young people are seeking to participate in local and global processes to create the change they want to see in the world, it is crucial that they gain access to tools and support that can make the work more manageable. The United Nations Department of Global Communications Youth Representatives Steering Committee has been developing a series of projects to serve this need. The "Youth Representatives Manual" is a welcome guide to the UN space for young people hoping to engage effectively. It also encourages more organizations to consider associating with UN DGC and appointing official youth reps. The "SDG Toolkit" is envisioned as a how-to primer and resource hub for anyone motivated to turn ideas into action. The "Mapping Project" then hopes to literally put youth leaders around the world "on the map", building an inspirational platform for highlighting best practices, networking, and collaboration. This workshop will showcase the progress on these projects and the many other efforts of the UN DGC Youth Representatives Programme and invite everyone in attendance to join in the fight and the fun. 

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

CSO-led Workshops

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. MST

Youth-led Workshop: Empowering Homeless Youth - Room 255E

Organized by Conference Host Planning Youth Sub-committee

This workshop is designed to take apart the overarching issue of homelessness and examine it from the perspective of youth. Youth homelessess should be discussed as a separate issue in order to better understand the problem, find solutions, and empower these young people to rise from their circumstances. The workshop will focus on understanding the implications of homelessness in the US and what additional barriers youth face, learning about successful and innovative initiatives that are empowering homeless youth, sharing ideas and action items to attack this issue head-on, and discussing ways to help end youth homelessness.


Sarah Strang
Director of Shelters at The Road Home


Pastor Shelley Stephenson
Senior Pastor of Christ Covenant International, CEO of Shelley Stephenson Ministries

Cydnie LaCour
Division Director of Youth Homeless Services at the Volunteers of America

Rob Moolman
Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m MST

Youth-led Workshop: Scaling Youth Climate Action for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - Room 250 D

In order to protect Small Island Developing States from the devastation of climate change, the international community needs novel methods to deepen commitments to climate action and increase ambition to exceed the Nationally Determined Contributions set forth in the Paris Agreement. Youth, especially, must be empowered to play a proactive role in the effort to keep average global temperature rise below 1.5. This workshop will highlight novel climate adaptation measures implemented by young changemakers living in SIDS, reflect on the challenges of successful youth climate engagement and offer scalable practices that can mobilize youth within local and intergenerational contexts. It will especially focus on the role everyone can play in supporting such efforts and growing the global movement to rise to the challenge of the climate emergency. 

1 - 3 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

3 - 4:30 p.m. MST

Closing Plenary - Exhibit Hall CD

Watch Live

Speaker Bios

Welcoming remarks

Maher Nasser

Director, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Global Communications

Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
(video message)

Rebecca Hardenbrook

Co-chair, Conference Planning Youth Sub-committee

Aishu Narasimhadevara

Co-chair, Conference Planning Youth Sub-committee

Baldomero Lago

Chief International Officer, Utah Valley University (UVU)

Bishop Gérald Caussé

Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Barbara Lee

U.S. Representative for California's 13th Congressional District 

Sarah Benj

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, Salt Lake City 

Samira Harnish

Founder and Executive Director, Women of the World  

Youth Outcome

Conference Outcome

H. E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly

Celebratory Performance: Joshy Soul

Closing Remarks

Maruxa Cardama

Conference Chair

Jackie Biskupski

Mayor of Salt Lake City 

Alison Smale

Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations

5 - 8 p.m. MST

Youth Festival at the Youth Hub

Music, Art and Culture: Cities and Communities Together

The Youth Festival will showcase talent from Utah and around the world through cultural shows, dance and music performances. The Festival will also feature an Open Mic session and a  cultural show with attendees wearing traditional attire.

Organized by Youth Sub-committee, 68th UN Civil Society Conference, with the support of Roots of Culture