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Kristian Jensen at the UN General Assembly in New York: Put young people on the agenda

21.09.2016  17:24

On Tuesday, The Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen met with 120 young people and political leaders from the entire world for the meeting ”Young Global Leaders”.

”The aim is to get the young leaders’ input into how we can solve global challenges such as terrorism, extremism and gender inequality, as well as how we can fulfil the 17 new Global Goals. It is the young people who must create the world that they and their children will grow up in, so it is very much our duty to involve them,” says Kristian Jensen.
Kristian Jensen has made young people one of his key issues in development politics by launching a new ’youth package’ in New York with a number of concrete initiatives. These initiatives will - in close partnership with the UN - assist in involving young people in the solution of global challenges.
In particular, this concerns two special youth advisers to the UN Missions in Geneva and New York, a Danish JPO to the UN Youth Envoy’s office and a review of development aid with a focus on special initiatives for young people.
Kristian Jensen has also sat on the committee responsible for selecting the UN’s 17 youth ambassadors for the Global Goals. They were selected from 18,000 applicants from 186 countries. 
The 17 new ambassadors and the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jordanian Ahmad Alhendawi, were all invited to join the minister on his morning run in Central Park on Monday morning.