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Youth Dialogue

May 30


As part of his commitment to bring the United Nations closer to young people, the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák will host a Youth Dialogue on 30 May 2018. This one-day event seeks to listen to the ideas, needs and concerns of young people on bridging education and skills training with employment in the 21st century, as well as on the prevention of radicalization. The event further aims to galvanize the efforts of many global alliances and initiatives that are empowering young people.

You will be able to submit your questions and comments live on social media.

The President is looking forward to your participation, whether in person or via social media! But you can already take action now by submitting your views through his survey.


The President is looking forward to seeing you at his event in person or live on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about how to participate in or even speak at the Youth Dialogue. You will also be able to submit your questions and comments live on social media.


If you want to attend, please register here before 6 May.Register here

Be a speaker

One element of the day will be an “open mic”, where everyone has the chance to speak, time permitting. If you want to be one of the pre-selected speakers in the open mic , please apply before 20 April.Apply here

Selection process

How does the selection process for speaking roles work?

UN-NGLS will facilitate a Selection Committee to evaluate and short-list candidates for speaking roles to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee will ensure regional and gender balance, and diversity of constituency and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The President of the General Assembly will make the final selection of the speakers for his event.

If you want to be part of this selection committee, please apply before 20 April.

Apply here

Member States are strongly encouraged to invite their youth delegates and youth representatives to the event.

The Youth Dialogue is an event for young people by young people. To ensure the Youth Dialogue is not just another United Nations event, the President wants you to play an active role in his event and hear what you have to say.



Twitter Chats

That’s why he launched a series of monthly Twitter chats on youth engagement in different areas. In December 2017, he answered questions on migration, in January 2018 on SDGs, in February 2018 on human rights, and in March 2018 on women and girls. The next chat is coming up on 3 April 2018 at 10:00 AM EST on “the role of youth in sustaining peace”. Participate in tweeting your question using hashtag #AskUNPGA.












Check out the Twitter Chats

Youth Survey

To hear your ideas, opinions and concerns, the President launched a survey. With only 5 minutes of your time to answer a couple of questions, you can actually be part of a group of engaged youth shaping the event.












Take the Youth Survey now

Instagram Photo Competition

Calling all young people! The President of the General Assembly wants to see your photos on the following theme: “Hearing young voices on education, employment & prevention of violent extremism”. Just use #youth72 to submit. Deadline: 23 May. The best photos will be shown at the Youth Dialogue on 30 May! 📷









Instagram Photo Competition

Send us an email

Send the President an email to tell him about your ideas on education, employment and the prevention of radicalization leading to violent extremism.












Email the President


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There will be a Youth Media Zone during the Youth Dialogue on 30 May 2018 in the UNCA Room at UN Headquarters in New York. The Youth Media Zone will feature live discussions with inspiring young leaders, athletes and influencers. The Youth Media Zone, focuses on four conversations on some of the main concerns facing young people today.

On 30 May 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Youth Media Zone will open its doors at the United Nations Correspondents Association Room at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, to welcome you. Throughout this time, it will feature live discussions with inspiring young leaders, ministers, athletes and influencers. The Youth Media Zone focuses on four conversations with carefully selected participants. And you are one of them!

Events at the Youth Media Zone will be shared widely across various UN platforms, including a livestream on UN Web TV, this website as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts. We also encourage you to promote the event on your web and social media platforms using the event hashtag #youth72.

The Youth Media Zone will include:

  • MAIN STAGE: Live webcast interviews with young people, Ministers, Permanent Representatives, sportspeople, and celebrities. And, of course, the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • MEDIA WORKSHOP: Real-time coverage, interaction with speakers and blogging about events
  • YOUTH DIALOGUE LIVE STREAMING: Follow live content from the Youth Dialogue
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook Live and Twitter conversations.

Young people are invited to submit ideas for various media events with topic and format of the event and identification of potential speakers to youthdialogue@un.org.







YMZ Programme [29 May 2018]


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