Young Professionals and Student Leaders from over 60 Countries to Study Leadership Principles that Formed the US, UN

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3-City Program to Conclude with 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” Speech at Lincoln Memorial

Six hundred young professionals and student leaders, representing over 60 countries will take part this month in the 2nd International Young Leaders Assembly in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

The program runs from August 20th to 29th and encompasses sessions at the United Nations in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and Capitol Hill, the World Bank, and the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.

The program culminates with attendance at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on August 28th.

The Washington, DC segment of the program also includes the Global Forum on Youth Service, the Global Forum on Youth Entrepreneurship, and a US-China Youth Summit.

In keeping with the Assembly theme of “Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service, and Entrepreneurship,” the program will highlight the importance of values-based leadership in pursuing a vision of one global human family that transcends boundaries of nationality, race and religion.

Participants will study the impact of Dr. King as a modern example of a spiritual leader who brought about concrete social transformation through the practical application of moral principles.

In Philadelphia, participants will learn about the founding principles of the United States expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. They will also consider the global application of those principles.

In New York, participants will examine the mission of the United Nations as the preeminent international representative body, and the leadership required to effectively achieve the ideals of the UN’s founding Charter. The IYLA will convene a Forum at the UN on youth leadership, specifically examining Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s five-year agenda on youth.

The Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the UN is the lead sponsor of the IYLA program at the UN. Paraguay is joined by 21 other countries’ missions:

Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Zambia.

The Embassy of Paraguay in Washington, DC, and the Mission of Paraguay to the Organization of American States will also host an event for IYLA participants at the Organization of American States.

The Co-Conveners of the program are the Global Peace Foundation, the Global Young Leaders Academy, and Points of Light.

A link to the detailed program can be found at: http://www.iyla.info/#!program/c21kz .

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