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Syed at the UN Youth Assembly in New York City

by C:F Team on 14th February, 2014 at 10:15 AM CEST

On February 5th and 6th BIG event took place! The Youth Assembly at the United Nations held a conference on “Bridging the Gap between Social Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment” at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The 2-day conference was the place where youth delegates from all over the world gathered to learn, network and exchange ideas surrounding social innovation, social entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. Speakers included leaders such as: Ahmad Alhendawi (UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth), Zeenat Rahman (Secretary John Kerry’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues), Stacy Martinet (CMO of Mashable), Francesca Covey (Strategic Partner & Manager of Politics at Facebook), Allison Baller (Global Leader and Mobile Payments at IBM) and more.

On behalf of C:F, our dear Syed Mahmood Kazmi from Pakistan got the chance to attend the conference and to be the voice of the Challenge:Future community. 

“It was great honour for me to speak at the side workshop of the Youth Assembly at the UN. I have also got the great opportunity to meet the young people from different parts of the world personally, sharing ideas and experiences for the promotion of cooperation and collaboration among the youth of advanced countries, developing countries and third world countries. Challenge:Future was presented to almost 80 young people there; its competitions, opportunities for the youth to network together… and of course the CF Summit. Many of the young fellows have showed their great interest and inquired about the registration process.
Overall, there was a great energy in the room filled with our future leaders. It was amazing to imagine what they will end up doing to create change back in their own communities and beyond,” shares some highlights Syed.

"The youth makes a huge percentage of the total world population and it is the youth that should take more firmly the leadership role. The world was talking about the post 2015 agenda. The young people have to understand their responsibilities of not only drafting the agenda and making their voice heard, but also by implementing the agenda. 500 youth delegates from +50 countries gathered at the UN platform and discussed the future of the MDGs and how can they play the positive role to make it happen, promoting diversity and peace and strengthening ties with their fellows around the world. It was an amazing experience," adds up Syed.

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

very well done!!!!!!!

14th February, 2014 @ 4:19 PM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

Awesome! Good job and congrats for representing the Youth of Challenge:Future, Syed! :)

20th February, 2014 @ 12:20 AM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

Congratulations for the opportunity Syed!

21st February, 2014 @ 10:32 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Congrats for learning opportunity.

24th February, 2014 @ 2:48 PM CEST

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