First-Ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations Association of the USA teams with U.S. Department of State to send one student to the United Nations to make the youth voice heard on international stage.


The U.S. Youth Observer will have the chance to walk side by side with the diplomats who work to solve the world’s toughest problems.

Young U.S. citizens are getting the chance of a lifetime; a chance to see the United Nations in action, in person, during the UN General Assembly and other high-profile UN events – and then report on their experiences to their peers and the rest of the world. The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State are teaming up to roll-out the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer program.

The individual chosen as the U.S. Youth Observer will attend events during UN General Assembly week in New York City, as well as a number of side events around the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee (Third Committee) of the General Assembly.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the youth of America to directly engage with the United Nations,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “There is a surge of youth interest in the work of the UN, and the U.S. Youth Observer will have the chance to walk side by side with the diplomats who work to solve the world’s toughest problems.”

The U.S. Youth Observer program is the latest example of the Obama Administration’s efforts to empower young voices on the global stage, and in addition to attending meetings, the U.S. Youth Observer will travel to speak to UNA-USA Chapters around the country, blog, tweet, and discuss their experiences with the media and the general public, and advise UNA-USA on potential future youth roles at the United Nations.

“Today, young people connect globally every day,” said Madden. “They care about the world they live in and the new U.S. Youth Observer will have a platform to engage America’s youth collectively.”

The U.S. Youth Observer position is a pilot program of the U.S. Department of State. For more information on the U.S. Youth Observer program, please visit

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at

In addition to the Youth Observer to the UN program, UNA-USA supports students’ interest beyond the borders of their neighborhoods, cities, and countries every year with the Global Classrooms Model UN program, which engages more than 25,000 students in UN simulations every year.

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

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