Jolly Amatya’s speech at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in 2016 definitely seems to have done the magic as the young woman from Kathmandu was appointed as the Youth Chair once again. Amatya also happens to be the youngest Youth Chair. The Youth Assembly which took place between February 1-3 in New York saw participation of over 1000 youth delegates, UN officials and diplomats as they discussed young people’s roles in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Jolly’s speech emphasised the role that young people can play today in shaping the future and highlighted the importance of working together and realising our strength in unity. She said “Today, we proudly represent more than 85 countries in this prestigious General Assembly Hall, I am proud to represent my country Nepal, where the epitome of PEACE, LORD BUDDHA was born and I believe that we all are in our own ways ambassadors of peace, love, compassion and kindness to this world. It is not only a challenge and a shared responsibility, but a moral obligation as global citizens”.
Under the theme “Realizing the 2030 Agenda: Youth in Action”, the conference aimed to explore multifaceted issues such as poverty, education, and sustainable consumption and production, with an emphasis on the integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).