On February 23, 2018, I had the pleasure of traveling to New York City with members of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) to participate in the 2018 Global Engagement Summit hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Over 1,800 people attended the Global Engagement Summit to show their support for the UN and to participate in critical discussions on the world’s most pressing issues.
Last week, I found myself on the crowded, bustling streets of New York City, commuting through morning rush hour traffic. I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked through Midtown East with a coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other. I first stopped by the Turtle Bay Music School to pick up my registration pass, I then headed to the United Nations Headquarters, where I would be joining over 1200 youth from all over the world to participate in the 2018 Youth Assembly. As a youth delegate representing the United States, I was ready to learn more about the United Nations, hear from great speakers, and discuss the role of youth in addressing global challenges.