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Youth Dialogue

30 May 2018


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 hosted a Youth Dialogue on 30 May 2018. During this one-day event the United Nations listened 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 galvanized the efforts of many global alliances and initiatives that are empowering young people.

Get Involved

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 wanted you to play an active role in his event and heard what you had to say.

Twitter Chats

That’s why he launched a series of monthly Twitter chats on youth engagement in different areas under the hashtag #AskUNPGA. 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, and in April 2018 on the role of youth in sustaining peace”. In May 2018, he did a Twitter Warm-Up chat for his Youth Dialogue later that month.

Youth Survey

To hear your ideas, opinions and concerns shaping his event, the President launched a survey. The results will be published shortly. But you can get a glimpse of what the Survey looked like here.

Instagram Photo Competition

Ahead of the Youth Dialogue, the President of the General Assembly called on all young people to submit their photos on the following theme: “Hearing young voices on education, employment & prevention of violent extremism” using #youth72 . The top three submissions were shown at the Youth Dialogue on 30 May.

Email the President

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[/learn_more]


Opening of Youth Dialogue

Emmanuel Kelly at Opening of Youth Dialogue

#Chat 1: The Future of Work: Bridging the gap

#Chat 1: The future of work

#Chat 2: Prevention of Radicalization and violent extremism

#Chat 2: Prevention of Radicalization and violent extremism

Open Mic I

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Open Mic II

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OP-ED: Why the UN needs a dialogue with youth

An open letter to young people from the President of the United Nations General Assembly: Why the UN needs a dialogue with youth

Global Citizen Festival | September 2017

Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea | February 2018

Youth at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany | November 2017

World Children's Day | November 2017

ECOSOC Youth Forum | January 2018

Lecture at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan | April 2018

Young Champions of the Earth in Nairobi, Kenya | December 2017

Lecture at Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | January 2018

Facebook Live | September 2017

At United Nations International School in New York | April 2018

SDG Media Zone at ECOSOC Youth Forum | January 2018

Lecture at Setton Hall | November 2017

Lecture in Kuwait | January 2018

With Slovak students visiting New York

Lecture in Doha, Qatar | January 2018

At a Twitter Chat #AskUNPGA

Youth Media Zone

An additional highlight during the Youth Dialogue was the Youth Media Zone. The Youth Media Zone featured live discussions with inspiring young leaders, athletes and influencers focusing on four conversations on some of the main concerns facing young people today.

Events at the Youth Media Zone were shared widely across various UN platforms, including a livestream on UN Web TV, this website as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts using the event hashtag #youth72.

The Youth Media Zone included:

  • 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
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook Live and Twitter conversations.







YMZ Programme [29 May 2018]


30 May 2018
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