Young Professionals and Student Leaders from over 60 Countries to Meet at UN on Youth Leadership and Values

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Global Peace Foundation, the Global Young Leaders Academy, and Points of Light to host six hundred young professionals during a one-day forum at the United Nations.

Six hundred young professionals and student leaders, representing over 60 countries will take part in a one-day forum tomorrow at the United Nations addressing the theme: “Moral and Innovative Leadership.”

The forum will focus on youth leadership, specifically examining Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s five-year agenda on youth, with its emphasis on reducing poverty and unemployment through entrepreneurship and service.

The forum will be addressed by Ambassador Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth, as well as speakers from the diplomatic, business, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.

A Young Leaders Roundtable will take place in the afternoon and will consider 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 forum will conclude with briefings for participants at the UN Permanent Missions of most of the sponsoring nations.

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, and Zambia.

The 2nd IYLA program runs from August 20th to 29th and in addition to the UN forum encompasses sessions at 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.

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.

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

The forum will be held in UN Conference Room 2. Registration begins from 9.00am.

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