The annual Youth Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the United Nations through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. The Forum allows representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks, youth advocates and others to dialogue with Member States, and to explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement.
The SDG Media Zone will join the sixth ECOSOC Youth Forum on January 30 – 31 in New York to broadcast live dynamic discussions and interviews featuring SDG Youth Advocates, YouTubers and social media influencers. Each day #SDGLive will engage the online global audience on how to address the Sustainable Development Goals together.
Hawa Diallo and Jeremy Akhavi @ SDG Media Zone
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: United Nations Correspondents Association Club
Public Information Officer, NGO Relations, Department of Public Information
Hawa Diallo is the Public Information Officer in the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section of the Department of Public Information, where she coordinates UN and NGO partnership activities. She has extensive United Nations experience in public information outreach and fostering civil society partnerships, with particular emphasis on youth and women’s organizations. Ms. Diallo began her United Nations career in 1987 in the Department of Public Information and has served in two United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Cambodia and Somalia, respectively. She has also worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, as an Associate Human Settlements Officer and as a Partners and Youth Officer.
Eighteen-year-old Jeremy from London was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2017. Hodgkin's lymphoma is an uncommon kind of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. The lymphatic system forms part of the immune system and the cancer develops specifically in the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Despite this, Jeremy never let his condition or treatment keep him down – he is a straight-A student, plays rugby for the U16 and U18 teams and is a colour sergeant in the Combined Cadet Force. He has also volunteered as a Teaching Assistant, helped young people with autism play rugby and initiated the set-up of Mill Hill Minds – a mental health focus group. Jeremy is very interested in society and will initiate conversations with people of varying ages and from different walks of life. He has a real passion for public speaking and has debated, led full school assemblies and, as Head Boy, made a speech at a school service, while undergoing chemotherapy.