United Nations Youth Assembly (UNYA) 2015

The UNYA is bi-annual event that brings young people from all over the world to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss global issues. This year's summer event was held last August and gathered approximately five hundred young people from several nations under the UN to the venue. I had the opportunity to represent Ghana this year and had one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.

My UNYA journey began with a three-day program called the "Social Ventures For Social Development" (SV4SD) at the Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. There, we had the opportunity to learn everything about building social ventures that are able to solve some of our national and global problems. We were also able to get to know each other and forge great friendships among ourselves. I met some of the most amazing, most enterprising young people here. The program ended with a corporate visit to NOVARTIS pharmaceutical company and other social venture companies in the Newark community in New Jersey.

Then we moved on to New York for the main Summer event. Among the places we visited and had other sub-events in New York were the UN Headquarters, Pace University, Times Square, New York University (NYU), Columbia University, Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, among others. In short, this whole event was the highlight of my entire summer. Scroll down to see my experience in pictures.

Corporate visit to NOVARTIS and other places in Newark
Day of presentations at FDU
Group Selfie!
Group presentation at FDU (Group 5)
Group 5 ties for 1st place
Certified Delegates
Times Square, New York

View from inside the UNHQ
First day of Youth Assembly

UN Security Council
Day two at UNYA 2015

A guided tour of the UN
Countdown to the end of the MDGs
"Do unto others as you'll have them do to you."

Last day of meetings at the UNHQ & Group 5 presentation at the UNYA
Culture night at Columbia University
Headed to the farewell cruise dinner
Our cruise ship on the Hudson River
Before the actual party began on the cruise
My best shot of NYC from the Hudson river. Lol

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