Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Envoy on Youth: The UN's commitment to Youth in the 21st century


The 45min-lecture raises the question what could an international institution like the UN contribute to youth policy? Which similarities do young people share, which differences characterize them in our unequal, globalized world order? To what extent does the nowadays information revolution empower non-govermental actors and youth activists? How could we mitigate the internet illiteracy that disadvantages 2/3 of young people world wide? How could the UN foster both civic responsibility among young people and youth participation in decision making processes?

 In January 2013, the UN Secretary-General had appointed Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi as his Envoy on Youth with the aim of addressing the needs of the world's 1.9 billion young persons, the largest generation of youth the world has ever known. Working to address youth needs is one of the five top priorities of the UN's action plan spanning over the next five years, and the newly established position of the Envoy on Youth reflects the urgency given to this priority.